• IPA: /ˈmiːɡɚ/

meagre (plural meagres)

  1. Argyrosomus regius, an edible fish of the family Sciaenidae.
    • 1986, A. Wysokiński, The Living Marine Resources of the Southeast Atlantic, FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 178, page 48 ↗,
      Among more valuable species some of them are worth mentioning, especially littoral forms as: meagres and other croakers (Sciaenidae), grunters (Pomadasyidae), threadfins (Polynemidae), groupers (Serranidae), snappers (Lutjanidae) […] .
    • 2008, Arturo Morales-Muñes, Eufrasia Roselló-Izquierdo, 11: Twenty Thousand Years of Fishing in the Strait, Torben C. Rick, Jon M. Erlandson (editors), Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective, page 261 ↗,
      It is striking that these represent meagres (Argyrosomus regius), a species never mentioned in classical texts.
    • 2011, John S. Lucas, Paul C. Southgate, Aquaculture: Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants, unnumbered page ↗,
      Meagres (Argyrosomus regius, 230 cm, 103 kg) have been raised mainly in Spain, France and Italy.
  • (Argyrosomus regius) salmon-basse, shade-fish, stone basse
  • French: maigre
  • German: Adlerfisch
  • Italian: bocca d'oro
  • Portuguese: corvina
  • Russian: обыкнове́нный
  • Spanish: corvina, bocca d'oro

meagre (comparative meagrer, superlative meagrest)

  1. Having little flesh; lean; thin.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 1, 1843, William Shakespeare, Samuel Weller Singer (notes), Charles Symmons (life), The Dramatic Works and Poems, Volume 2, [;+Sharp+misery+had+worn+him+to+the+bones%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BCzvUvaXHsTFkwWPh4DwAw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Meagre%20were%20his%20looks%3B%20Sharp%20misery%20had%20worn%20him%20to%20the%20bones%22&f=false page 462],
      […] meagre were his looks; / Sharp misery had worn him to the bones:
  2. Deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent
    Nothing will grow in this meagre soil.
    He was given a meagre piece of cake that he swallowed in one bite.
    Synonyms: paltry, scanty, inadequate
    • 1871, John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History, Volume 1, page 144 ↗,
      His education had been but meagre.
  3. (set theory) Of a set: such that, considered as a subset of a (usually larger) topological space, it is in a precise sense small or negligible.
  4. (mineralogy) Dry and harsh to the touch (e.g., as chalk).
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meagre (meagres, present participle meagring; past and past participle meagred)

  1. (transitive) To make lean.
    • 1862, Robert Thomas Wilson, Herbert Randolph (editor), Life of General Sir Robert Wilson, page 275 ↗,
      I am meagred to a skeleton; my nose is broiled to flaming heat, and I am suffering the greatest inconvenience from the loss of my baggage which I fear the enemy have taken with my servant at Konigsberg.

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