weakfish

[ week-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) weak·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) weak·fish·es.
  1. any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.

Origin of weakfish

1
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; from Dutch weekvis (obsolete), equivalent to week “soft, weak ” + vis fish

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How to use weakfish in a sentence

  • The fishermen were beginning to haul in weakfish and an occasional tautog, or blackfish.

  • The name weakfish is doubtless derived from the Dutch, and is said to have originally meant a soft fish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • Although it seems to consort a good deal with the weakfish, its habits of feeding are quite different from that fish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • Then follows the ready response of the gamy weakfish to the angler's lure, the brave fight and happy landing of the prize.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • Whenever met with they can be taken by the same methods and with the same tackle as recommended for the northern weakfish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for weakfish

weakfish

/ (ˈwiːkˌfɪʃ) /


nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters

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