Sculpin
Sculpin Scul"pin, n. [Written also skulpin.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of marine cottoid fishes of the genus {Cottus}, or {Acanthocottus}, having a large head armed with several sharp spines, and a broad mouth. They are generally mottled with yellow, brown, and black. Several species are found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America. (b) A large cottoid market fish of California ({Scorp[ae]nichthys marmoratus}); -- called also {bighead}, {cabezon}, {scorpion}, {salpa}. (c) The dragonet, or yellow sculpin, of Europe ({Callionymus lyra}). [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to other related California species. [1913 Webster]

{Deep-water sculpin}, the sea raven. [1913 Webster]


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  • sculpin — [skul′pin] n. pl. sculpin or sculpins [prob. altered < Fr scorpene < L scorpaena: see SCORPION] 1. any of a family (Cottidae) of small, generally scaleless, mostly marine percoid fishes with a spiny head and wide mouth ☆ 2. a scorpionfish… …   English World dictionary

  • Sculpin — Taxobox name = Sculpin image width = 240px image caption = Longhorn Sculpin regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Scorpaeniformes subordo = Cottoidei superfamilia = Cottoidea subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision =… …   Wikipedia

  • sculpin — /skul pin/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) sculpin, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) sculpins. 1. any small, freshwater fish of the genus Cottus, of the family Cottidae, having a large head with one or more spines on each side;… …   Universalium

  • sculpin — noun (plural sculpins; also sculpin) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1672 1. any of a family (Cottidae) of spiny large headed usually bottom dwelling often scaleless bony fishes with large fanlike pectoral fins 2. a scorpion fish (Scorpaena… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sculpin — /ˈskʌlpən/ (say skulpuhn) noun (plural sculpin or sculpins) 1. a small freshwater fish of the genus Cottus (family Cottidae), with a large head armed on each side with one or more spines; bullhead. 2. any marine fish of the same family. {? New… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sculpin — 1) a member of the the family Cottidae 2) a mean or mischief making person (New England slang) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • sculpin — noun A small fish of the family Cottidae, usually lacking scales. Often found on river bottoms and in tidal pools …   Wiktionary

  • sculpin — n. marine fish with a large flattened head and thorny scales and fins; bullhead, American freshwater catfish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sculpin — [ skʌlpɪn] noun a chiefly marine fish with a broad flattened head and spiny scales and fins. [Many species, chiefly in the family Cottidae.] Origin C17: perh. from obs. scorpene, via L. from Gk skorpaina, denoting a kind of fish …   English new terms dictionary

  • sculpin — scul·pin …   English syllables

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