Compare Dutch tarpoen. Suggestions that the term derives from a Native American term are unlikely.
tarpon (countable and uncountable, plural tarpons)
- Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish.
- ^ “tarpon” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ “tarpon”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
- ^ 1910, Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, edited by Frederick Webb Hodge, part 2