• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Weever (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.☞ The two British species are the great, or greater, weever (Trachinus draco), which becomes a foot long (called also gowdie sea cat stingbull, and weaverfish), and the lesser weever (Trachinus vipera), about half as large (called also otter pike, and stingfish).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weever Same as weaver-bird.
    • n weever 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 Trachinus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weever wē′vėr a genus of fishes (Trachinus) of which two species are British, with sharp dorsal and opercular spines capable of inflicting serious wounds
    • Weever Also Sting-fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from F. vive, OF. vivre, a kind of fish, L. vipera, viper. Cf. Viper


In literature:

Weever, antiquary, 35, 52, 53.
"In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious" by W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
Composed by the Studie and Trauels of John Weever.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
F. R. R. will find that Sir H. Chauncy's statement is borrowed from Weever.
"Notes and Queries, Number 70, March 1, 1851" by Various
We continued to catch plenty of mackerel, and also weevers and whitings.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
Weever in his "Funeral Monuments" strongly inclines to the belief that it is so.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
Downstairs in the stuffy little parlor, Dr. Weever interviewed them.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Weever died in 1632, and lies in St. James, Clerkenwell.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
WEEVER'S funeral monuments, 24.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School

In news:

Catherine Foster, left, Sahr Ngaujah and Nicole de Weever star in the Broadway production of Fela.
The Wee Weever -A Little Frieda Mystery.