any of several small, freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, of Europe and North America.

Nearby words

  1. millepore,
  2. miller,
  3. miller index,
  4. miller's disease,
  5. miller's thumb,
  6. miller, arthur,
  7. miller, cincinnatus heine,
  8. miller, glenn,
  9. miller, henry,
  10. miller, joaquin

Origin of miller's-thumb

1400–50; late Middle English milneres thume; the fish is so called from its thumblike head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for miller's thumb

miller's thumb


any of several small freshwater European fishes of the genus Cottus, esp C. gobio, having a flattened body: family Cottidae (bullheads, etc)

Word Origin for miller's thumb

C15: from the alleged likeness of the fish's head to a thumb

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