Sci·​ae·​na | \ sīˈēnə \

Definition of Sciaena

: the type genus of Sciaenidae comprising somewhat elongated marine fishes with a conical head, terminal or subterminal mouth, and no barbels and including numerous croakers some of which are favored as food or sport fishes — see black croaker, maigre, mulloway

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First Known Use of Sciaena

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sciaena

New Latin, from Latin, a fish, from Greek skiaina, a fish, probably the maigre

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“Sciaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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