: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sciaena was in 1601

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“Sciaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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