weakfish

noun
weak·fish | \ ˈwēk-ˌfish \

Definition of weakfish 

1 : a common marine bony fish (Cynoscion regalis of the family Sciaenidae) of the eastern coast of the U.S. that is an important sport and food fish

called also sea trout

2 : any of several fishes congeneric with the weakfish

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Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Fishing Guide," 31 Aug. 2017 Most commonly taken are fluke, striped bass, weakfish, porgies and striped sea robins. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of weakfish

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weakfish

obsolete Dutch weekvis, from Dutch week soft + vis fish

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