sculpin

[skuhl-pin]
noun, plural (especially collectively) scul·pin, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scul·pins.
  1. any small, freshwater fish of the genus Cottus, of the family Cottidae, having a large head with one or more spines on each side; bullhead.
  2. any of numerous marine fishes of the same family.
  3. (in California) a common scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata.

Origin of sculpin

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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sculpin

noun plural -pin or -pins
  1. US and Canadian any of various fishes of the family Cottidae (bullheads and sea scorpions)

Word Origin for sculpin

C17: of unknown origin
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