noun, plural (especially collectively) weakfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) weakfishes.
any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.

1790–1800, Americanism; < Dutch weekvis (obsolete), equivalent to week soft, weak + vis fish

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weakfish (ˈwiːkˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters

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1838, from Du. weekvisch, from week "soft" (see weak).
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