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. continuing ME *wever, OE wifer arrow (c. ON vifr sword); modern meaning by assoc. with obs. wiver viper; see WYVERN]

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      any of four species of small marine fishes of the family Trachinidae (order Perciformes). Weevers are long-bodied fishes that habitually bury themselves in the sand. They have large, upwardly slanted mouths and eyes near the top of the head. There is a sharp spine on each gill cover; these spines, like those of the first dorsal fin, are associated with venom glands and can produce very painful wounds.

      Three species of weevers are found in the Old World, and one in the New World, along the Chilean coast. Well-known species include the greater and lesser weevers (Trachinus draco and T. vipera), of both Europe and the Mediterranean.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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