noun Sci·ae·na \sīˈēnə\

Definition of Sciaena

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of sciaena

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

First Known Use: 1601

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