- any small, freshwater fish of the genus Cottus, of the family Cottidae, having a large head with one or more spines on each side; bullhead.
- any of numerous marine fishes of the same family.
- (in California) a common scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata.
Origin of sculpin
First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for sculpin
It was about noon that a stable-boy delivered Barnacles at Sculpin Point.Horses Nine
So Dr. Sculpin came with his neat little medicine-box under his arm.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
The spring sculpin and the flabby, muddy flounder are the common rewards of the angler's toil.Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes
E. E. Brown
Rackby's heart came into his throat with the slow surge of a sculpin on a hook.
Graves, who was fond of salt water fishing, knew what a sculpin was, and appreciated the comparison.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
- US and Canadian any of various fishes of the family Cottidae (bullheads and sea scorpions)
C17: of unknown origin
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