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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.
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Origin of sculpin

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples of sculpin

  • It was about noon that a stable-boy delivered Barnacles at Sculpin Point.

    Horses Nine

    Sewell Ford

  • So Dr. Sculpin came with his neat little medicine-box under his arm.

  • The spring sculpin and the flabby, muddy flounder are the common rewards of the angler's toil.

  • Rackby's heart came into his throat with the slow surge of a sculpin on a hook.

  • Graves, who was fond of salt water fishing, knew what a sculpin was, and appreciated the comparison.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for sculpin


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

C17: of unknown origin
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