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Any of various fishes belonging to the family Sciaenidae, which includes the drums and croakers.
[New Latin Sciaena, type genus (from Latin sciaena, a kind of sciaenid fish, from Greek skiaina, perhaps from skiā, shadow) + -id.]
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Sciaenidae, a family of mainly tropical and subtropical marine percoid fishes that includes the drums, grunts, and croakers
(Animals) any sciaenid fish
[C19: from Latin sciaena a type of fish, from Greek skiaina]
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|Noun||1.||sciaenid - widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound|
family Sciaenidae, Sciaenidae - warm-water marine fishes including the drums and grunts and croakers and sea trout
drumfish, drum - small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
jewfish, mulloway, Sciaena antarctica - large important food fish of Australia; almost indistinguishable from the maigre
croaker - any of several fishes that make a croaking noise
whiting - any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters
sea trout - any of several sciaenid fishes of North American coastal waters