hardhead
Gray Gray (gr[=a]), a. [Compar. {Grayer}; superl. {Grayest}.] [OE. gray, grey, AS. gr[=ae]g, gr[=e]g; akin to D. graauw, OHG. gr[=a]o, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. gr[*a], Icel. gr[=a]r.] [Written also {grey}.] 1. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove. [1913 Webster]

These gray and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary. [1913 Webster]

3. Old; mature; as, gray experience. -- Ames. [1913 Webster]

4. gloomy; dismal. [PJC]

{Gray antimony} (Min.), stibnite.

{Gray buck} (Zo["o]l.), the chickara.

{Gray cobalt} (Min.), smaltite.

{Gray copper} (Min.), tetrahedrite.

{Gray duck} (Zo["o]l.), the gadwall; also applied to the female mallard.

{Gray falcon} (Zo["o]l.) the peregrine falcon.

{Gray Friar}. See {Franciscan}, and {Friar}.

{Gray hen} (Zo["o]l.), the female of the blackcock or black grouse. See {Heath grouse}.

{Gray mill} or {Gray millet} (Bot.), a name of several plants of the genus {Lithospermum}; gromwell.

{Gray mullet} (Zo["o]l.) any one of the numerous species of the genus {Mugil}, or family {Mugilid[ae]}, found both in the Old World and America; as the European species ({Mugilid[ae] capito}, and {Mugilid[ae] auratus}), the American striped mullet ({Mugilid[ae] albula}), and the white or silver mullet ({Mugilid[ae] Braziliensis}). See {Mullet}.

{Gray owl} (Zo["o]l.), the European tawny or brown owl ({Syrnium aluco}). The great gray owl ({Ulula cinerea}) inhabits arctic America.

{Gray parrot} (Zo["o]l.), an African parrot ({Psittacus erithacus}), very commonly domesticated, and noted for its aptness in learning to talk. Also called {jako}.

{Gray pike}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Sauger}.

{Gray snapper} (Zo["o]l.), a Florida fish; the sea lawyer. See {Snapper}.

{Gray snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the dowitcher in winter plumage.

{Gray whale} (Zo["o]l.), a rather large and swift whale of the northern Pacific ({Eschrichtius robustus}, formerly {Rhachianectes glaucus}), having short jaws and no dorsal fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare; -- called also {grayback}, {devilfish}, and {hardhead}. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hardhead — Hard head ( h[e^]d ), n. 1. Clash or collision of heads in contest. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The menhaden. See {Menhaden}. [Local, U. S.] (b) Block s gurnard ({Trigla gurnardus}) of Europe. (c) A California salmon; the steelhead.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardhead — [härd′hed΄] n. 1. a shrewd person, not easily moved 2. any of various fishes; esp., a slender river minnow (Mylopharodon conocephalus) of central and N California …   English World dictionary

  • Hardhead — For the fictional characters in the Transformers series see Hardhead (Transformers). : For the freshwater fishes, see Mylopharodon . For the marine fishes, see Sciaenidae.Taxobox name = Hardhead status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum =… …   Wikipedia

  • hardhead — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. a. : a shrewd practical hardheaded person a prospect that moves hardheads as well as visionaries b. : blockhead 2. a …   Useful english dictionary

  • hardhead — Gray whale Gray whale (Zo[ o]l.), a rather large and swift baleen whale of the northern Pacific ({Eschrichtius robustus}, formerly {Rhachianectes glaucus}), having short jaws and no dorsal fin; called also {grayback}, {devilfish}, and {hardhead} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardhead — Steelhead Steel head ( h[e^]d ), n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A North Pacific salmon ({Salmo Gairdneri}) found from Northern California to Siberia; called also {hardhead}, and {preestl}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) The ruddy duck. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardhead — menhaden men*ha den, n. (Zo[ o]l.) An American marine fish ({Brevoortia tyrannus}) of the Herring family ({Clupeidae}), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; called also {mossbunker}, {bony fish}, {chebog}, {pogy},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardhead — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardhead — noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a hardheaded person b. blockhead 2. plural hardheads also hardhead any of several fishes especially with a spiny or bony head; especially Atlantic croaker …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hardhead — hardhead1 /hahrd hed /, n. 1. a shrewd, practical person. 2. a blockhead. 3. a freshwater fish, Mylopharodon conocephalus, of California. 4. the Atlantic croaker. See under croaker (def. 2). 5. See hardhead sponge …   Universalium

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