bighead

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Scientists' greatest concern for the Great Lakes is bighead and silver carp, both of which were imported from Asia for aquaculture but escaped into the Mississippi River system during floods and through accidental releases. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Warming Could Lower One Barrier to Invasive Fish Reaching Great Lakes," 8 July 2020 The first detection was a bighead carp found in 1996 near the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers in Pierce County, according to Wisconsin DNR records. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catch of 51 Asian carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse is largest in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters," 13 Mar. 2020 Those species include silver carp, bighead carp, grass carp and black carp. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Alabama deer season winds down," 6 Feb. 2020 The only previous discovery of any invasive carp species anywhere in southwestern Minnesota came in 2017, when an angler caught a huge bighead carp in a gravel pit near Redwood Falls that’s within the Minnesota River’s floodplain. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Invasive silver carp confirmed for first time in southwestern Minnesota," 20 Dec. 2019 The only previous discovery of any invasive carp species anywhere in southwestern Minnesota came in 2017, when an angler caught a huge bighead carp in a gravel pit near Redwood Falls that’s within the Minnesota River’s floodplain. Washington Post, "Invasive silver carp confirmed for 1st time in SW Minnesota," 20 Dec. 2019 That December, a solitary bighead carp was found in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, just above the Lockport Lock and Dam about 37 miles from Lake Michigan. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Asian Carp 'eDNA' found in Chicago creek near Lake Michigan. But what does it mean?," 25 Nov. 2019 The department already has been actively tracking bighead carp, in fact, that’s how the silver carp was captured and implanted. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "DNR tags first silver carp in St. Croix River, hoping to monitor movements of the invasive species," 17 Sep. 2019 Asian carp Skip to main content The Asian carp is an umbrella term for a number of invasive species of fish, including the bighead, black, grass and silver carp. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Air-breathing fish to feral hogs: The invasive species you're actually supposed to kill," 10 Oct. 2019

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1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bighead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bighead. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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bighead

noun
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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