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n. pl. pomfret or pom·frets
1. Either of two butterfishes of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Pampus argenteus or P. chinensis.
2. Any of various edible marine fishes of the family Bramidae, having a blunt head and a compressed, usually black body.
[Earlier pamflet, pomflet, probably from Portuguese pampo, pombo, pamplo, pompano, any of various other fishes, especially Stromateus fiatola (probably from alteration of pâmpano, perhaps ultimately from Latin pompilus, pilot fish, any of various other fishes, from Greek pompilos, pilot fish, from pompos, escort or pompē, act of escorting, procession, both from pempein, to escort) + -et or -let.]
pomfret(ˈpʌmfrɪt; ˈpɒm-) or
(Cookery) a small black rounded confection of liquorice. Also called: Pontefract cake
[C19: from Pomfret, earlier form of Pontefract, where the cake was originally made]
1. (Animals) any of various fishes of the genus Stromateidae of the Indian and Pacific oceans: valued as food fishes
2. (Animals) any of various scombroid fishes, esp Brama raii, of northern oceans: valued as food fishes
[C18: perhaps from a diminutive form of Portuguese pampo]
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