nounplural noun porgy, plural noun porgies
A deep-bodied fish related to the sea breams, typically silvery but sometimes changing to a blotched pattern. It usually lives in warm coastal waters.
Calamus and other genera, family Sparidae: many species‘However, it makes a good home for numerous pufferfish, porgies and sweetlips, and surgeonfish shoal in the open water nearby.’
- ‘While deciding, we stared into the eyes of a striped bass, sea bass, porgy and red snapper.’
- ‘The porgy is a fine fish with firm and flaky flesh.’
- ‘You can fish undisturbed for bass and porgies at Menemsha Beach on the North Shore.’
- ‘The dorades (which I have found are the equivalent of sea bream, of the porgy family) were on sale, and I bought two for a grand total of 7 euros.’
- ‘There are a variety of other edible pan fish that may show up, such as grunts and porgies.’
- ‘I ate a porgy for the first time on Wednesday, an odd little tropical fish that is well known and loved by gourmands in this part of the world.’
- ‘A thousand porgies are engulfed by a larger glittering and heaving mass of anchovies, constantly grouping and regrouping in a nervous silvery curtain - in the hope of staying alive.’
- ‘Assorted porgies cluster in decorative groups.’
- ‘A tall, firm-flaked hunk of red porgy (‘pagro’ in Italian) arrives with a crisp, silvery skin and a brilliant little swish of sauce livened with a few briny olives and a couple of big caperberries, more succulent and subtle than tiny capers.’
- ‘Mixed schools of porgy and tang hovered over the wreck, and blue chromis, almost too small to spot easily, sought protection from predators within its crusty surface.’
Early 18th century probably an alteration of pargo, from Spanish and Portuguese pargo, apparently from Latin pagrus, a kind of fish, from Greek phagros.