bighead carp


plural bighead carp also bighead carps
: a freshwater cyprinid fish (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) of eastern Asia that has a large head and mouth, is dark gray with an off-white belly, and that has been introduced into non-native waters where it is often considered an invasive (see invasive entry 1 sense 1a) species
The bighead carp, which can grow to 100 pounds, have caused environmental havoc in rivers and lakes in the South and Midwest because they devour huge volumes of food.Gene Schabath

Note: Bighead carp, along with the related black carp, grass carp, and silver carp, are often called Asian carp in the U.S.

Examples of bighead carp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wildlife officials removed more than a dozen 3-foot-long bighead carp from the Jack B Tomlinson Park pond in Arvada, according to a May 13 news release. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 13 May 2024 In the News George Chance, a fisherman from Festus, Mo., broke a state and world record after catching a bighead carp fish in the Mississippi River that weighed in at 97 pounds, breaking the Missouri state record for pole-and-line fishing of 80 pounds and the world record of 90. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 26 Mar. 2024 On June 15, a commercial fisherman hired to remove invasive fish from the Illinois River system netted one of the largest bighead carp ever recorded, weighing in at 109 pounds. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 28 June 2023 Siwik often fishes for spoonbill catfish and said the bighead carp fight similarly to that species. Mike Organ, USA TODAY, 3 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bighead carp was in 1963

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“Bighead carp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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