American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several marine fishes of the family Trachinidae, having venomous spines on the gill cover and first dorsal fin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as weaver-bird.
- n. Either one of two British fishes of the genus Trachinus, the greater, T. draco, 10 or 12 inches long, and the lesser, T. vipera, of half this length; hence, any member of the Tra-chinidæ (which see). These fishes have sharp dorsal and opercular spines, with which they may inflict a painful and serious wound when incautiously handled. It does not appear that the spines convey a specific poison, but they are smeared with a slime which causes the puncture they inflict to fester, like the similar wound from the tail-spine of the sting-ray. See cut under
- n. Any of the usually brown fish in Trachinidae, who catch prey by burying themselves in the sand and snatching them as they go past.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of edible marine fishes belonging to the genus Trachinus, of the family
Trachinidæ. They have a broad spinose head, with the eyes looking upward. The long dorsal fin is supported by numerous strong, sharp spines which cause painful wounds.
- From Old French/Old Northern French wivre ("serpent"), from Latin vīpera. See also wyvern. (Wiktionary)
- Old North French wivre, serpent, weever; see wyvern. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“• A chiropodist quoted about his encounter with the poisonous dorsal fin of a weever fish described the experience as being "bitten".”
“It's a good idea to check with coastguards about which beaches are particularly affected by weever fish," he says.”
“If you think you have been bitten, examine the wound, he says: "A weever fish bite leaves two little puncture holes, like an adder bite.”
“The weever fish is one of the most poisonous in the UK.”
“Beaumont only sees a couple of cases of weever fish bite among his patients yearly – but you can't be too careful.”
“A few years ago, I was bitten by a weever fish in shallow water – the pain was excruciating, and I couldn't run for a month afterwards.”
“In 2009 the RNLI rescued 111 animals, while 3,676 people suffered from weever fish or jellyfish stings, 330 had sand in their eyes, 13 had been bitten by a dog and 130 people had a broken or stubbed toe.”
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