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A line drawing of a squeteague or weakfish (Cynoscion regalis)


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squeteague (plural squeteagues)

  1. The weakfish, a silvery edible American sciaenoid fish, Cynoscion regalis.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
    • 2001, Adrian Trehorse, The Last Angry White Man, Lincoln, Neb.: Writers Club Press, →ISBN, page 154:
      The Injuns get to Naturmitgefuhl by the metaphor of a family: if you don't throw the roe-plump squeteague back, that is a sort of nepoticide.



Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for squeteague in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)