from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A food fish (Archosargus probatocephalus) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, having dark vertical markings.
  • n. A freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) commonly found from the Great Lakes to Texas.
  • n. A redfish (Semicossyphus pulcher) of the Gulf of California, caught commercially or as a game fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish of the species Archosargus probatocephalus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large and valuable sparoid food fish (Archosargus probatocephalus syn. Diplodus probatocephalus) found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It often weighs from ten to twelve pounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fish for or catch sheepshead.
  • n. A fool; a silly person.
  • n. A sparoid fish, Archosargus or Diplodus probatocephalus (formerly known as Sargus ovis), abundant on the Atlantic coast of the United States, and highly esteemed as a food-fish. It is a stout- and very deep-bodied fish, with a steep frontal profile, of a grayish color with about eight vertical black bands, and the fins mostly dark. It attains a length of 30 inches, though usually found of a smaller size.
  • n. A sciænoid fish of the fresh waters of the United States, Haplodinotus grunniens. Also called drum, croaker, and thunder-pumper.
  • n. (or

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexico


sheep +‎ head (Wiktionary)


  • We dined today on the fish called the sheepshead, with crabs.

    The Bounty of the Chesapeake Fishing in Colonial Virginia

  • One kind whereof is by the English called a sheepshead from the resemblance the eye of it bears with the eye of a sheep.

    The Bounty of the Chesapeake Fishing in Colonial Virginia

  • Authorities in northwest Ohio say the fish - a Lake Erie freshwater drum, known as a sheepshead - smashed a car windshield

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  • Authorities in northwest Ohio say the fish _ a Lake Erie freshwater drum, known as a sheepshead _ smashed a car windshield Tuesday when an eagle dropped its catch from a height of about 40 feet.


  • Say you're fishing in 40 feet of water in the Gulf, targeting non-reef species such as sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, kingfish and permit.


  • Mr. Flynn, of GW Fins, pondered whether customers would enjoy sheepshead if they got a gander at its "Jimmy Carter-like teeth."

    The New School

  • At AltaMare, a new Miami Beach, Fla., hotspot known for its creative fish selections, the kitchen serves the local hero Florida grouper but recently added to its regular menu sheepshead, as "an amusement, and how much I like it," said its chef Simon Stojanovic, via e-mail.

    The New School

  • Sometimes sheepshead will save the day if you're fishing smallmouth in a river.

    Fish That Save The Day

  • Most of the time you catch a lot of both, but somedays only the sheepshead are biting much and they fight like hell.

    Fish That Save The Day

  • They are catching slot-redfish and a few sheepshead.

    inshore or offshore at Gulf Shores?


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  • Also sheephead, referring to the card game.

    December 11, 2010

  • Tails. You lose.

    September 4, 2008

  • Heads?

    September 4, 2008

  • There are no sheep in Sheepshead Bay.

    September 4, 2008

  • Sheepshead is a card game related to the Skat family of games, originating in Central Europe in the late 1700s under the German name Schafkopf. Although Schafkopf literally means "sheepshead", the term is actually derived from Middle High German and referred to playing cards on an overturned barrel (from kopfen, meaning playing cards, and Schaff, meaning a barrel).

    Sheepshead is played by two to eight players, where the variant with five players is the most common, by far. In the United States, Sheepshead is most commonly played in Wisconsin, which has a strong Germanic population.


    February 6, 2008