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

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  • 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, John — (1576 1632)    Lancashire poet who left Queens College, Cambridge, without graduating. After touring the Continent, and settling in London, he became an authority on antiquitiesm. In 1631 he published a large volume titled Ancient Funeral… …   British and Irish poets

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  • weever fish — noun see weever …   Useful english dictionary

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