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weak·fish

 (wēk′fĭsh′)
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).]

weakfish

(ˈwiːkˌfɪʃ)
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

weak•fish

(ˈwikˌfɪʃ)

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.
Description of a new weakfish, Cynoscion nortoni, from Ecuador with a note on the distribution of Umbra bussingi (Perciformes: Sciaenidae).
Abstract--The hypothesis that striped bass (Morone saxatilis), bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), weakfish (Cynoscion regalis), and species of forage fish would be associated closely with a salinity transition front was tested through sampling and tagging efforts.
However, farther north in New York and New Jersey, large common weakfish are referred to as "tide runners.
A comparison of a validated otolith method to age weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, with the traditional scale method.
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.
supra note 38, at 2 ("While the shrimp fishery is one of the most economically significant trawl fisheries, the gear also targets a variety of other species, including flounder, scallop, scup, black sea bass, groundfish, Atlantic croaker, mackerel, weakfish, squid and conch.
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).