croak·​er | \ ˈkrō-kər How to pronounce croaker (audio) \

Definition of croaker

1 : an animal (such as a frog) that croaks
2 : any of various fishes and especially the drums that produce croaking, drumming, or grunting noises
3 slang : doctor

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Rockport — Guide Rhett Price reported a good bite for trout on croakers on the outside beaches. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: June 10," 9 June 2018 One of the masters of using croakers to entice a trout bite, Capt. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Croaker season lights up speckled trout action at Baffin Bay," 28 June 2018 For youngsters interested in the croakers in our midst, there is the Nature Tots: Leapin’ Lilypads session on Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for those ages 3 -4 years old. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Nature programs at Patuxent Research in full swing [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 28 June 2018 Those fish included sea trout, red drum (redfish), red snapper, Southern flounder, black drum, catfish and croaker. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants, fish markets cited for illegally purchasing game fish," 17 Apr. 2018 There is John Dory fish from the south to be served along with croaker from the north. Gavin Blair,, "It's not just dessert: On eve of Korea summit, a mango mousse's map throws Japan out of joint," 26 Apr. 2018 The chefs will serve croaker caught from Kim Dae-jung’s hometown in southwestern Gageo island and rice from Roh’s southern hometown of Gimhae. Washington Post, "Inter-Korean summit food will have touch of Swiss," 25 Apr. 2018 The area produced five million tons of seafood of up to four dozen species for China alone last year, according to Greenpeace, including crab, squid, yellow croaker, mackerel and a local favorite, hairtail. Steven Lee Myers And Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, "A Nearly Invisible Oil Spill Threatens Some of Asia’s Richest Fisheries," 12 Feb. 2018 Here’s what’s on offer: Dumplings with croaker fish and sea cucumber The dish hails from Gageo Island, Shinan county, where former President Kim Dae-jung was born. Jihye Lee,, "Two Korean Leaders to Dine on ‘Sunshine Menu’," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of croaker

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of croaker was in 1648

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