1 [snook, snook]
noun, plural (especially collectively) snook (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snooks.
any basslike fish of the genus Centropomus, especially C. undecimalis, inhabiting waters off Florida and the West Indies and south to Brazil, valued as food and game.
any of several related marine fishes.

1690–1700; < Dutch snoek Unabridged


2 [snook, snook]
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.
cock a/one's snook, to thumb the nose: a painter who cocks a snook at traditional techniques. Also, cock a snoot.

1875–80; origin uncertain Unabridged
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snook1 (snuːk)
n , pl snook, snooks
1.  any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
2.  (Austral) the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae
[C17: from Dutch snoek pike]

snook2 (snuːk)
(Brit) cock a snook
 a.  to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
 b.  to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
[C19: of obscure origin]

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While tossing streamers near the mangroves-home to tarpon, snook, and
  redfish-keep an eye out for manatees and dolphins.
The inlet is a popular fishing location during the snook season.
Many inshore lagoons have good populations of snook, tarpon and mullet.
Dorado and snook also share a similar peak season to tuna.
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