Miller's thumb
Miller Mill"er (m[i^]l"[~e]r), n. 1. One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill. [1913 Webster]

2. A milling machine. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A moth or lepidopterous insect; -- so called because the wings appear as if covered with white dust or powder, like a miller's clothes. Called also {moth miller}. (b) The eagle ray. (c) The hen harrier. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Miller's thumb}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small fresh-water fish of the genus {Uranidea} (formerly {Cottus}), as the European species ({Uranidea gobio}), and the American ({Uranidea gracilis}); -- called also {bullhead}. (b) A small bird, as the gold-crest, chiff-chaff, and long-tailed tit. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • miller's-thumb — [mil′ərz thum′] n. SCULPIN (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • miller's thumb — noun The bullhead • • • Main Entry: ↑mill …   Useful english dictionary

  • miller's thumb — Cob Cob, n. [Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa cup (cf. E. brainpan), and also W. cob tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio to thump. Cf. {Cop} top, {Cup}, n.] 1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.] W. Gifford …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miller's thumb — Bullhead Bull head , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A fresh water fish of many species, of the genus {Uranidea}, esp. {Uranidea gobio} of Europe, and {Uranidea Richardsoni} of the United States; called also {miller s thumb}. (b) In America, several species …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miller's-thumb — noun small freshwater sculpin of Europe and North America • Hypernyms: ↑sculpin • Member Holonyms: ↑Cottus, ↑genus Cottus * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun (plural miller s thumbs) Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

  • miller's-thumb — mill′er s thumb′ n. ich any freshwater sculpin of the genus Cottus[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50; the fish is so called from its thumblike head …   From formal English to slang

  • miller's thumb — n. tiny flat and spiny freshwater fish shaped like a thumb …   English contemporary dictionary

  • miller's-thumb — noun Date: 15th century any of several small freshwater spiny finned sculpins (genus Cottus) of Europe and North America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • miller's-thumb — /mil euhrz thum /, n. any of several small, freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, of Europe and North America. [1400 50; late ME milneres thume; the fish is so called from its thumblike head] * * *       fish that is a species of sculpin… …   Universalium

  • miller's thumb — noun European bullhead …   Wiktionary

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