From Spanish or Portuguese pargo, from Latin phagrum, accusative of phager, from Ancient Greek φαγρος (phagros, “sea bream”).
The similarity of porgy to paugie, especially in non-rhotic accents, may have reinforced both terms.
porgy (plural porgies)
- Any of several fish of the family Sparidae; the sea bream.
- In particular, the scup (paugie).
fish of the family Sparidae
- Mandarin: please add this translation if you can
- Finnish: hammasahven
- Greek: φαγγρί (el) n (fangrí)
- Italian: dentice (it) m
- Russian: please add this translation if you can
- Spanish: pargo m
- ^ “porgy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).