Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

greater weever

See more synonyms for greater weever on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. See under weever(def 1).
Show More

weever

[wee-ver]
noun
  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.
Show More

Origin of weever

1615–25; perhaps continuing Middle English *wever, Old English wifer arrow (cognate with Old Norse vifr sword); modern meaning by association with obsolete wiver viper; see wyvern
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for greater weever

weever

noun
  1. any small marine percoid fish of the family Trachinidae, such as Trachinus vipera of European waters, having venomous spines around the gills and the dorsal fin
Show More

Word Origin

C17: from Old Northern French wivre viper, ultimately from Latin vīpera viper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012