bighead

noun
big·head | \ˈbig-ˌhed \

Definition of bighead 

1 : any of several diseases of animals marked by swelling about the head

2 : an exaggerated opinion of one's importance usually used with the

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bigheaded \ˈbig-ˈhe-dəd \ adjective

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the kind of early success that can give a young performer a bighead

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The Carp Tank competition was the culmination of the Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge, which invited innovators worldwide to develop methods to prevent the invasive bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Invasive Asian carp competition nets $500K in prizes for innovators," 27 Mar. 2018 While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario. Washington Post, "Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie," 23 Sep. 2017 According Rich Carter, who heads the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's division of fish management and research, silver and bighead carp are already present in the upper reaches of the Ohio River system in Ohio. cleveland.com, "How Ohio is trying to keep Asian Carp out of Lake Erie," 15 Aug. 2017 The bighead pupfish swims in the Baños de San Diego, which reaches 111 Farenheit. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "These Animals Thrive in the Hottest Places on Earth," 5 Aug. 2017 Of particular concern to the Great Lakes are silver and bighead carp, which gorge on plankton that other fish need. Washington Post, "Search turns up no additional Asian carp in Chicago waterway," 10 July 2017 Related Articles The DNR will also sample at the Allen S. King Power Plant near Bayport, where bighead carp have been caught in the past. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Invasive silver carp found for the first time in St. Croix River," 16 Mar. 2017 In 2010, a bighead carp was caught in Lake Calumet not far from the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. Todd Spangler, USA TODAY, "Invasive Asian carp near Lake Michigan must be a 'wake-up call,' lawmakers say," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of bighead

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bighead

noun
big·head | \ˈbig-ˌhed \

Medical Definition of bighead 

: any of several diseases of animals: as

a : equine osteoporosis

b : an acute photosensitization of sheep and goats that follows the ingestion of various plants — compare fagopyrism

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