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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The catch has normally included mackerel, bass, halibut, croaker and rock fish. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wet winter brings variety of visitors to garden," 3 Aug. 2019 Reds will remain active on the bars and off the beaches—live croakers or other baitfish lure the big ones, while the keeper-size fish are readily caught on shrimp, quarter-ounce jigs or gold spoons. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: How lower temperatures help anglers," 26 July 2019 Ocean fishing turns up perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon, shovel-nose guitar fish and sand shark — and on full moons in summer — bare-handed hunting for California grunion, which spawn on sandy SoCal beaches (fishing permit required). Roy M. Wallack,, "Weekend getaways: 7 great camping sites within driving distance of L.A.," 26 June 2019 Doing so, officials hope, will restore the land to again suit the smaller, native croaker. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Boulder County agencies fighting invasive American bullfrogs," 3 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of croaker

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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