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noun, plural sque·teagues, (especially collectively) sque·teague.
  1. an Atlantic food fish, Cynoscion regalis, of the croaker family.
  2. any of several other Atlantic fishes of the same genus; sea trout.
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Origin of squeteague

1795–1805, Americanism; < southeastern New England Algonquian, orig. plural (compare obsolete E dial. chickwit, squit, etc. < singular of the same word, cognate with Mohegan (E spelling) cheegut)
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British Dictionary definitions for squeteague


noun plural -teague or -teagues
  1. any of various sciaenid food fishes of the genus Cynoscion, esp C. regalis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean
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Word Origin for squeteague

C19: from Narraganset pesukwiteag, literally: they give glue; so called because glue is made from them
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