big·​head | \ ˈbig-ˌhed How to pronounce bighead (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bigheaded (audio) \ adjective

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

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Audiences who already know the names, places, and songs will have a bighead start over newcomers; there are English subtitles, but a great deal goes untranslated. Ty Burr,, "‘Leto’ revisits Soviet socialist rock ’n’ roll," 31 July 2019 The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant on the St. Croix River in Oak Park Heights. Steve Hoffman / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "More invasive carp confirmed in Mississippi and St. Croix rivers," 29 June 2019 For example, Asian carp—a common term for a group of related species including bighead, silver, grass, and black carp—were brought to the southern U.S. to clean algae and vegetation from aquaculture ponds and sewage lagoons in the 1960s and '70s. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 2019 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., "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

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First Known Use of bighead

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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big·​head | \ ˈbig-ˌhed How to pronounce bighead (audio) \

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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