Definition of sparid in US English:

sparid

noun

Zoology
  • A fish of the sea bream family (Sparidae), whose members are marine and have deep bodies with long spiny dorsal fins.

    • ‘We used the two satellite DNA families of the sparid species for phylogenetic inference of the group.’
    • ‘Crossbreading of some sparid species was performed in order to select some hybrids with desirable characteristics.’
    • ‘According to Domain, the sparid community is composed of species with a preference for cold waters.’
    • ‘The diet of the lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, collected from the Bahamas, is dominated by inner neritic fish, like sparids, lutjanids and gerreids.’

Origin

1960s: from modern Latin Sparidae (plural), via Latin from Greek sparos ‘sea bream’.

Pronunciation

sparid

/ˈsperəd/