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}. It grows to a length of 50 feet (sometimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons. [1913 Webster + PJC]

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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 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… …   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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