bullhead

[boo l-hed]
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noun
  1. any of several North American, freshwater catfishes of the genus Ictalurus, having a rounded or truncate caudal fin.
  2. any of several other fishes, as the freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, especially those species having a hornlike spine on each side of the head.
  3. an obstinate or stupid person.

Origin of bullhead

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75; bull1 + head
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Examples from the Web for bullhead

Historical Examples of bullhead

  • The bullhead flopped discontentedly on the bottom of the boat.

    Ned, the son of Webb

    William O. Stoddard

  • The loach and the bullhead are fairly hardy, but have little other attraction.

  • To reach the train Bullhead had to cross the short line tracks.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Nevertheless, Bullhead, like every Medicine Bend boy, wanted to railroad.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • But there was a way to reach his key in spite of all bad things, and Bullhead knew the way.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman


British Dictionary definitions for bullhead

bullhead

noun
  1. any of various small northern mainly marine scorpaenoid fishes of the family Cottidae that have a large head covered with bony plates and spines
  2. any freshwater North American catfish of the genus Ameiurus (or Ictalurus), having a large head bearing several long barbels
  3. a scorpion fish, Scorpaena guttata, of North American Pacific coastal waters
  4. informal a stupidly stubborn or unintelligent person
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