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Scup \Scup\, n. [Contr. fr. American Indian mishc[`u]p, fr. mishe-kuppi large, thick-scaled.] (Zo["o]l.) A marine sparoid food fish ( Stenotomus chrysops, or S. argyrops), common on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It appears bright silvery when swimming in the daytime, but shows broad blackish transverse bands at night and when dead. Called also porgee, paugy, porgy, scuppaug.

Note: The same names are also applied to a closely allied Southern species ( Stenotomus Gardeni).


Porgy \Por"gy\, n.; pl. Porgies. [See Paugie.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The scup.

    2. The sailor's choice, or pinfish.

    3. The margate fish.

    4. The spadefish.

    5. Any one of several species of embiotocoids, or surf fishes, of the Pacific coast. The name is also given locally to several other fishes, as the bur fish.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous sparoid food fishes, as the jolthead porgy, the sheepshead porgy ( Calamus penna) of the West Indies, the grass porgy ( Calamus arctifrons) of Florida, and the red porgy ( Pagrus pagrus) of Europe.