Beat slang for a physician who writes scripts.

Croak"er (-?r), n.

1.

One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.

2. Zool. (a)

A small American fish (Micropogon undulatus), of the Atlantic coast.

(a)

An American fresh-water fish (Aplodinotus grunniens); -- called also drum.

(c)

The surf fish of California.

⇒ When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence the name, which is often corrupted into crocus.

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