hammerhead

[ ham-er-hed ]
/ ˈhæm ərˌhɛd /
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noun

the part of a hammer designed for striking.
a shark of the genus Sphyrna, especially S. zygaena, having the head expanded laterally so as to resemble a double-headed hammer, sometimes dangerous to swimmers.
Also called ham·mer·kop [ham-er-kop] /ˈhæm ərˌkɒp/. a brown heronlike African bird, Scopus umbretta, having the head so crested as to resemble a claw hammer.
Slang. blockhead; dunce; lout.

Origin of hammerhead

First recorded in 1525–35; hammer + head
Related formsham·mer·head·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hammerhead

hammerhead

/ (ˈhæməˌhɛd) /

noun

any shark of the genus Sphyrna and family Sphyrnidae, having a flattened hammer-shaped head
a heavily built tropical African wading bird, Scopus umbretta, related to the herons, having a dark plumage and a long backward-pointing crest: family Scopidae, order Ciconiiformes
a large African fruit bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus, with a large square head and hammer-shaped muzzle
Derived Formshammerheaded, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hammerhead

hammerhead


n.

type of shark, 1843, from hammer (n.) + head (n.). So called for its broad, transverse head.

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