snakehead

[ sneyk-hed ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌhɛd /

noun

a turtlehead plant.
any elongate fish of the family Channidae (or Ophicephalidae), having a large head with a deeply cleft mouth and able to breathe atmospheric oxygen.

Nearby words

  1. snakebite remedy,
  2. snakebitten,
  3. snakeblenny,
  4. snakefish,
  5. snakefly,
  6. snakemouth,
  7. snakeroot,
  8. snakes and ladders,
  9. snakeskin,
  10. snakestone

Origin of snakehead

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; snake + head

snake's-head

[ sneyks-hed ]
/ ˈsneɪksˌhɛd /

noun

Origin of snake's-head

First recorded in 1730–40

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British Dictionary definitions for snakehead

snakehead

/ (ˈsneɪkˌhed) /

noun

a Chinese criminal involved in the illegal transport of Chinese citizens to other parts of the world

Word Origin for snakehead

C20: origin uncertain

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Word Origin and History for snakehead

snakehead

n.

1845 as a type of plant; 1891 as a type of Asian carnivorous fish," from snake (n.) + head (n.).

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