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}, {hardhead}, {whitefish}, etc. [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 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 — 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 — 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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