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n. pl. weakfish or weak·fish·es
1. A marine food and game fish (Cynoscion regalis) of North American Atlantic waters, having small dark spots on the back. Also called seatrout, squeteague.
2. Any of various other marine fishes of the family Sciaenidae and chiefly of the genus Cynoscion.

[Obsolete Dutch weekvis : week, soft (from Middle Dutch weec; see weik- in Indo-European roots) + Dutch vis, fish (from Middle Dutch).]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
[1790–1800, Amer.; < Dutch weekvis (obsolete) =week soft, weak + vis fish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weakfish - lean flesh of food and game fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States
Cynoscion regalis, weakfish - food and game fish of North American coastal waters with a mouth from which hooks easily tear out
Cynoscion nebulosus, spotted sea trout, spotted squeateague, spotted weakfish - weakfish of southern Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of United States
saltwater fish - flesh of fish from the sea used as food
2.weakfish - food and game fish of North American coastal waters with a mouth from which hooks easily tear outweakfish - food and game fish of North American coastal waters with a mouth from which hooks easily tear out
sea trout - any of several sciaenid fishes of North American coastal waters
weakfish - lean flesh of food and game fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States
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He was too diffident to aspire to Aileen's notice; so he usually sat at one of Tildy's tables, where he devoted himself to silence and boiled weakfish.
Seeders had finished his weakfish he got up, put his arm around Tildy's waist, kissed her loudly and impudently, walked out upon the street, snapped his fingers in the direction of the laundry, and hied himself to play pennies in the slot machines at the Amusement Arcade.
Abstract--From 2008 through 2010, the diets of 3 sciaenid species, the weakfish (Cynoscion regalis), southern kingfish (Menticirrhus americanus), and Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus), were examined.
Still, the list of off-limit species remains the same: billfish, spotted eagle ray, sturgeon, manta ray, sharks, bonefish, tarpon, goliath grouper, snook, blue crab, nassau grouper, spotted seatrout, red drum, weakfish, stone crab, pompano, African pompano, permit, tripletail, lobster and the families of ornamental reef fish.
Also known colloquially as bunker, pogies, or alewifes, they are the staple food for many commercially important predator fish, including striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish, which are harvested along the coast in a dozen different states, as well as for sharks, dolphins, and blue whales.
Variations in growth rate were reported among populations of the weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) in the Middle Atlantic Bight and were attributed to varying allocations of energy to somatic growth in relation to environmental and migratory requirements and the availability of food items in each habitat (Shephard and Grimes 1983).
Contract award: complete modification of the engine and propulsion system of the boat cleaner weakfish service channels of the Directorate of Roads and Transportation of the City of Paris
Shirley also writes "in the Chesapeake Bay, the percentage of menhaden in the diets of many recreational fish such as striped bass and weakfish has fallen from double to single digits in the last decade.
A comparison of a validated otolith method to age weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, with the traditional scale method.
The presence of these species on reef structures is thought to attract larger pelagic predatory species, such as striped bass Morone saxatilis, bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix, weakfish Cynoscion regalis, southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma, sheepshead Archosargus probatocephalus, and spotted seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus.
7 Blue crab Callinectes sapidus Weakfish Cynoscion regalis Atlantic bumper Chloroscombrus chrysurus 1,062.
Every three months, politically appointed commissioners from fifteen Atlantic states and two federal agencies spend the better part of a week in windowless hotel conference rooms in coastal cities, arguing and occasionally coming to some tepid agreement about how to regulate striped bass, weakfish, American lobster, horseshoe crab, coastal shark, and forage fish like herring and Atlantic menhaden.