• WordNet 3.6
    • n tarpon large silvery game fish of warm Atlantic coastal waters especially off Florida
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tarpon (Zoöl) Same as Tarpum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tarpon A large game-fish of the family Elopidæ and subfamily Megalopinæ (which see), specifically Megalops atlanticus, also called jewfish. This is one of the so-called big-eyed herrings, and a near relative of Elops saurus; but the pseudobranchiæ are obsolete, the dorsal fln has a long fllament, and the scales are very large. The form is elongate and compressed; the color is brilliant-silvery, darker on the back; and the length attained is about 6 feet. This flsh is common in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, as on the southern coast of the United States, where it is sometimes called grande écaille, from the size of the scales, which are used in ornamental fancy work. Its technical synonym, M. thrissoides, is erroneous, being based on Clupea thrissoides of Bloch and Schneider, 1801, and that on Broussonet's Clupea cyprinoides. which is the East Indian representative of this genus (Megalops cyprinoides), a distinct though very similar species to which the name tarpon or tarpum is extended by Jordan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tarpon tär′pon a food-fish of America, of the herring family, common in the warmer Atlantic waters, and six feet long
    • Tarpon Also Jew-fish
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In literature:

The tarpon then darted away in a new direction, blistering Dick's hands as the line tore through them.
"Dick in the Everglades" by A. W. Dimock
Beth, as proud as if she had caught a tarpon, took up her line with the eel on it, and away marched the children to the house.
"A Little Florida Lady" by Dorothy C. Paine
But its manoeuvres are different from a tuna's and similar to those of the tarpon.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
It offers some attraction to tourists in its sea-bathing and Tarpon fishing upon the coast.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
But the tarpon is a vicious fighter.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Especially adapted to tarpon and other ponderous fish are medallions mounted on paper.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Fortunately for him a great tarpon fish came swimming by just then.
"The Story-teller" by Maud Lindsay
An American who had caught both tarpon and tuna informed me that he considered the latter fish to afford far the best sport.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
I gave the Tarpon all I dared in town streets.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
Tarpon Springs, Florida, May 28, 1802.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed

In news:

Events featuring Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble.
Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble.
Ohio Casualty Group Insurance in Tarpon Springs.
Ohio Casualty Group Agents in Tarpon Springs.
Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar on Manatee River in Bradenton celebrates first anniversary.
Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar on the Manatee River is celebrating it's 1-year anniversary with a weekend filled with live music, family fun and more HERALD FILE PHOTO.
Baker Hughes launched its Blue Tarpon fracturing and stimulation vessel on 9 June.
Yearly tarpon migration adds new dimension to fishing.
A Tarpon Springs man was arrested this morning in Brooksville following an investigation into a shooting Monday in Pinellas County.
Tarpon Springs 2012 Football Schedule.
Tarpon everywhere but in the boat.
Virginia anglers haul in tarpon .
Angel Espinosa, 29, was found dead on the Tarpon Street Pier in Fort Myers last Sunday.
Tipsy Tarpon hosts Estero chamber's inaugural holiday party Thursday.
Happy hour just smiled wider at the Tipsy Tarpon Seafood Shack at Miromar Outlets in Estero.