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cottus

noun
  1. a scorpaenoid fish of the family Cottidae; the type genus, having four yellowish knobs on its headSee also cottid
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Examples from the Web for cottus

Historical Examples

  • The name in the Firth of Forth for the Cottus cataphractus, or armed bull-head.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The catfish of North America is a species of cottus, or bull-head.

  • He had a brudder name' Tushus en' ernudder name' Cottus en' ernudder name' Squinchus.

    The Conjure Woman

    Charles W. Chesnutt

  • The male of the Cottus scorpius, or sea-scorpion, is more slender and smaller than the female.

  • A name on the west coast of Scotland for the pogge, or miller's thumb (Cottus cataphractus).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth