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flathead

[flat-hed]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) flat·head, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) flat·heads.
  1. any of several scorpaenoid fishes of the family Platycephalidae, chiefly inhabiting waters of the Indo-Pacific region and used for food.

Origin of flathead

First recorded in 1825–35; flat1 + head

Flathead1

[flat-hed]
noun
  1. a member of a tribe of Salishan Indians of northwest Montana.
  2. a Chinook Indian.

Origin of Flathead1

First recorded in 1530–40; so called from their supposed practice of flattening their children's heads

Flathead2

[flat-hed]
noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • "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.

  • Permit me to introduce my sister, whom I am taking to the Flathead with me.

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick

  • Moses, a Flathead chief, on being called on to sign, refused.


British Dictionary definitions for flathead

flathead

noun plural -head or -heads
  1. any Pacific scorpaenoid food fish of the family Platycephalidae, which resemble gurnards
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