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sheephead

[sheep-hed]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) sheep·head, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sheep·heads.
  1. a large California food fish, Semicossyphus pulcher, of the wrasse family.

Origin of sheephead

First recorded in 1535–45; so called from the resemblance of its teeth to those of a sheep
Also called fathead, redfish.
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Historical Examples

  • They have hard shells that whiting and croakers can't crack, while the sheephead, having good teeth, crush them easily.

    The Wreck of The Red Bird

    George Cary Eggleston