- See under weever(def 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.
- any fish of the same family, Trachinidae.
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
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- 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
C17: from Old Northern French wivre viper, ultimately from Latin vīpera viper