- any of several scorpaenoid fishes of the family Platycephalidae, chiefly inhabiting waters of the Indo-Pacific region and used for food.
Origin of flathead
- a member of a tribe of Salishan Indians of northwest Montana.
- a Chinook Indian.
Origin of Flathead1
First recorded in 1530–40; so called from their supposed practice of flattening their children's heads
- a river in SE British Columbia and NW Montana, flowing S to Flathead Lake and S and W to the Clark Fork River. 240 miles (385 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for flathead
"I have never seen a Flathead, but have often heard of them," answered William Walker.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
The principal chief of the Flathead tribe was an hereditary officer.
The roundhead forms its nest of grass, the flathead of leaves.Eccentricities of the Animal Creation.
Permit me to introduce my sister, whom I am taking to the Flathead with me.The Brand
Moses, a Flathead chief, on being called on to sign, refused.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)
- any Pacific scorpaenoid food fish of the family Platycephalidae, which resemble gurnards
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