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[wee-ver] /ˈwi vər/
noun
1.
either of two small, European, marine fishes of the genus Trachinus, T. draco (greater weever) or T. vipera (lesser weever) having highly poisonous dorsal spines.
2.
any fish of the same family, Trachinidae.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; perhaps continuing Middle English *wever, Old English wifer arrow (cognate with Old Norse vifr sword); modern meaning by association with obsolete wiver viper; see wyvern
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weever

/ˈwiːvə/
noun
1.
any small marine percoid fish of the family Trachinidae, such as Trachinus vipera of European waters, having venomous spines around the gills and the dorsal fin
Word Origin
C17: from Old Northern French wivre viper, ultimately from Latin vīperaviper
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Encyclopedia Article for weever

any of four species of small marine fishes of the family Trachinidae (order Perciformes). Weevers are long-bodied fishes that habitually bury themselves in the sand. They have large, upwardly slanted mouths and eyes near the top of the head. There is a sharp spine on each gill cover; these spines, like those of the first dorsal fin, are associated with venom glands and can produce very painful wounds.

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