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bullhead

[boo l-hed] /ˈbʊlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
any of several North American, freshwater catfishes of the genus Ictalurus, having a rounded or truncate caudal fin.
2.
any of several other fishes, as the freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, especially those species having a hornlike spine on each side of the head.
3.
an obstinate or stupid person.
Origin of bullhead
1665-1675
An Americanism dating back to 1665-75; bull1 + head
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  • The bullhead flopped discontentedly on the bottom of the boat.

    Ned, the son of Webb William O. Stoddard
  • The loach and the bullhead are fairly hardy, but have little other attraction.

  • Nevertheless, bullhead, like every Medicine Bend boy, wanted to railroad.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • To reach the train bullhead had to cross the short line tracks.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • But there was a way to reach his key in spite of all bad things, and bullhead knew the way.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • There is one drawback to the bullhead, and that is his horns.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun

    George W. Peck
  • The losses were six policemen killed (including bullhead and Shavehead, who soon died at the agency hospital) and one wounded.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • But the police held the old chief captive, and two of them shot him—bullhead and Red Tomahawk.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • bullhead sat half way back in the car, still studying the rules.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • She scorned bullhead unspeakably, and her only uneasiness was that he seemed unconscious of it.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for bullhead

bullhead

/ˈbʊlˌhɛd/
noun
1.
any of various small northern mainly marine scorpaenoid fishes of the family Cottidae that have a large head covered with bony plates and spines
2.
any freshwater North American catfish of the genus Ameiurus (or Ictalurus), having a large head bearing several long barbels
3.
a scorpion fish, Scorpaena guttata, of North American Pacific coastal waters
4.
(informal) a stupidly stubborn or unintelligent person
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Slang definitions & phrases for bullhead

bullhead

noun

A stupid, obstinate person (1850+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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