sea squab


Definition of sea squab

: puffer fish also : the backbone and surrounding flesh of a puffer fish when served as food The mild-flavored, meaty back portion was marketed euphemistically as “sea squab,” and is still sometimes sold under that name today. In recent years the puffers, once abundant in Chesapeake Bay, have declined in number … National Geographic, August 1984

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of sea squab

1945, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sea squab

Time Traveler for sea squab

Time Traveler

The first known use of sea squab was in 1945

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sea squab

Cite this Entry

“Sea squab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

Comments on sea squab

What made you want to look up sea squab? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!