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 of {Amiurus}; -- called also {catfish}, {horned pout}, and {bullpout}. (c) A marine fish of the genus {Cottus}; the sculpin. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The black-bellied plover ({Squatarola helvetica}); -- called also {beetlehead}. (b) The golden plover. [1913 Webster]

3. A stupid fellow; a lubber. [Colloq.] --Jonson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A small black water insect. --E. Phillips. [1913 Webster]

{Bullhead whiting} (Zo["o]l.), the kingfish of Florida ({Menticirrus alburnus}). [1913 Webster]

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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