Weever Wee"ver, n. [Probably from F. vive, OF. vivre, a kind of fish, L. vipera viper. Cf. {Viper}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of edible marine fishes belonging to the genus {Trachinus}, of the family {Trachinid[ae]}. They have a broad spinose head, with the eyes looking upward. The long dorsal fin is supported by numerous strong, sharp spines which cause painful wounds. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

Note: The two British species are the great, or greater, weever ({Trachinus draco}), which becomes a foot long (called also {gowdie}, {sea cat}, {stingbull}, and {weaverfish}), and the lesser weever ({Trachinus vipera}), about half as large (called also {otter pike}, and {stingfish}). [1913 Webster]

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  • weever — [wē′vər] n. [NormFr wivre (OFr guivre), orig., serpent, dragon < L vipera, VIPER] any of a family (Trachinidae) of edible, marine percoid fishes with sharp, very poisonous spines on the gill cover and the first dorsal fin …   English World dictionary

  • Weever — Taxobox name = Weevers image width = 240px image caption = Lesser weever, Echiichthys vipera regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Trachinidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = Trachinus… …   Wikipedia

  • weever — /ˈwivə/ (say weevuh) noun (plural weever or weevers) 1. either of two small marine fishes of the genus Trachinus, T. vipera (lesser weever), common in British waters, and the rarer T. draco (greater weever), notable for their poison glands at the …   Australian English dictionary

  • weever — /wee veuhr/, n. 1. either of two small, European, marine fishes of the genus Trachinus, T. draco (greater weever) or T. vipera (lesser weever), having highly poisonous dorsal spines. 2. any fish of the same family, Trachinidae. [1615 25; perh.… …   Universalium

  • weever — noun /ˈwiː.və,ˈwi.vɚ/ any of the usually brown fish in Trachinidae, who catch prey by burying themselves in the sand and snatching them as they go past. Syn: weaverfish …   Wiktionary

  • weever — see VIPER …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • weever — noun a small coastal fish with venomous dorsal spines, which typically buries itself in sand. [Family Trachinidae: several species.] Origin C17: perh. a transferred use of OFr. wivre serpent, dragon , from L. vipera viper …   English new terms dictionary

  • weever — wee·ver …   English syllables

  • weever — see VIPER …   Word origins

  • weever — n. any marine fish of the genus Trachinus, with sharp venomous dorsal spines. Etymology: perh. f. OF wivre, guivre, serpent, dragon, f. L vipera VIPER …   Useful english dictionary

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