weever fish

weever fish
any of various fish of the family Trachinidae, found in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean; their dorsal spines are venomous and cause severe pain in animals that get pricked.

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  • weever fish — noun see weever …   Useful english 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 — 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 — /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 — /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 — 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 — 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

  • Lesser weever — Taxobox name = Lesser weever image width = 250px image caption = regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Trachinidae genus = Echiichthys species = E. vipera binomial = Echiichthys vipera binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Greater weever — Taxobox name = Greater weever regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Trachinidae genus = Trachinus species = T. draco binomial = Trachinus draco binomial authority = Linnaeus, 1758The greater… …   Wikipedia

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