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[sheep-hed] /ˈʃipˌhɛd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sheephead (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sheepheads.
a large California food fish, Semicossyphus pulcher, of the wrasse family.
Also called fathead, redfish.
Origin of sheephead
First recorded in 1535-45; so called from the resemblance of its teeth to those of a sheep Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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

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