from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various marine and freshwater fishes of the family Cottidae, having a large flattened head and prominent spines.
- n. A scorpion fish (Scorpaena guttata) of California coastal waters. Also called sea scorpion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small fish of the family Cottidae, usually lacking scales. Often found on river bottoms and in tidal pools.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of marine cottoid fishes of the genus Cottus, or Acanthocottus, having a large head armed with several sharp spines, and a broad mouth. They are generally mottled with yellow, brown, and black. Several species are found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America.
- n. A large cottoid market fish of California (Scorpænichthys marmoratus); -- called also bighead, cabezon, scorpion, salpa.
- n. The dragonet, or yellow sculpin, of Europe (Callionymus lyra).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A callionymoid fish, Callionymus lyra, having at the angle of the preoperculum a strong compressed dentate spine; a dragonet: more fully called yellow sculpin. See dragonet, 2, and cut under Callionymus.
- n. A mean or mischief-making fellow.
- n. A cottoid fish, especially of the genus Cottus (or Acanthocottus), as C. scorpius of the northern Atlantic; C. grœnlandicus, the daddysculpin; C. æneus, the grubby of the New England and New York coasts.
- n. A hemitripteroid fish, Hemitripterus acadianus, occurring in deeper water than the true sculpins off the northeastern coast of America. Also called deep-water sculpin, yellow sculpin, and sea-raven. See cut under sea-raven.
- n. A scorpænoid fish, Scorpæna guttata, of the southern Californian coast, there called scorpene. See cut under Scorpæna.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)