meagre

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A depiction of Argyrosomus regius
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From Middle French maigre.

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meagre (plural meagres)

  1. Argyrosomus regius, an edible fish of the family Sciaenidae.
    • 1986, A. Wysokiński, The Living Marine Resources of the Southeast Atlantic, FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 178, page 48,
      Among more valuable species some of them are worth mentioning, especially littoral forms as: meagres and other croakers (Sciaenidae), grunters (Pomadasyidae), threadfins (Polynemidae), groupers (Serranidae), snappers (Lutjanidae) [] .
    • 2008, Arturo Morales-Muñes, Eufrasia Roselló-Izquierdo, 11: Twenty Thousand Years of Fishing in the Strait, Torben C. Rick, Jon M. Erlandson (editors), Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective, page 261,
      It is striking that these represent meagres (Argyrosomus regius), a species never mentioned in classical texts.
    • 2011, John S. Lucas, Paul C. Southgate, Aquaculture: Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants, unnumbered page,
      Meagres (Argyrosomus regius, 230 cm, 103 kg) have been raised mainly in Spain, France and Italy.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English megre, from Anglo-Norman megre, Old French maigre, from Latin macer, from Proto-Indo-European *mh₂ḱros. Cognate with Old English mæġer (meagre, lean), Dutch mager (lean), German mager (lean), Icelandic magur (lean)..

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meagre (comparative meagrer, superlative meagrest)

  1. Having little flesh; lean; thin.
    Nothing will grow in this meagre soil.
    He was given meagre piece of cake that he swallowed in one bite.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 1, 1843, William Shakespeare, Samuel Weller Singer (notes), Charles Symmons (life), The Dramatic Works and Poems, Volume 2, page 462,
      [] meagre were his looks; / Sharp misery had worn him to the bones:
  2. Deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent; paltry; scanty; inadequate; unsatisfying.
  3. (mineralogy) Dry and harsh to the touch (e.g., as chalk).
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meagre (third-person singular simple present meagres, present participle meagring, simple past and past participle meagred)

  1. (transitive) To make lean.
    • 1862, Robert Thomas Wilson, Herbert Randolph (editor), Life of General Sir Robert Wilson, page 275,
      I am meagred to a skeleton; my nose is broiled to flaming heat, and I am suffering the greatest inconvenience from the loss of my baggage which I fear the enemy have taken with my servant at Konigsberg.

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