- any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
Origin of weakfish
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Examples from the Web for weakfish
The weakfish were not hungry or we did not tempt them with bait to their taste that day.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
When we reach the coast we find the weakfish has also been transformed into a trout.Days in the Open
Lathan A. Crandall
The fishermen were beginning to haul in weakfish and an occasional tautog, or blackfish.The Campfire Girls on Station Island
Although it seems to consort a good deal with the weakfish, its habits of feeding are quite different from that fish.
In the Gulf of Mexico it often feeds in company with the salt-water trout, and in northern waters with the bluefish and weakfish.
- any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters
Word Origin and History for weakfish
1838, from Dutch weekvisch, from week "soft" (see weak).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper