Definition of purse-eyed in US English:

purse-eyed

adjective

  • Designating the bigeye scad, Selar crumenophthalmus, a carangid fish of warm seas which has very large eyes that are almost covered with thick fatty tissue.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Shaw (1751–1813), natural historian. After scientific Latin crumenophthalmus, specific name.