noun, plural tar·pons, (especially collectively) tar·pon.
- a large, powerful game fish, Megalops atlantica, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, having a compressed body and large, silvery scales.
noun plural -pons or -pon
- a large silvery clupeoid game fish, Tarpon atlanticus, of warm Atlantic waters, having a compressed body covered with large scales: family Elopidae
- Australian another name for ox-eye herring
- any similar related fish
n.large fish (Megalops atlanticus) of the herring family, 1680s, probably from a Native American word. Also called jew-fish.