bull·​head ˈbu̇l-ˌhed How to pronounce bullhead (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: any of various large-headed fishes (such as a sculpin)
especially : any of several common freshwater catfishes (genus Ameiurus sometimes included in the genus Ictalurus) of the U.S.

Examples of bullhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even classic gluttons like bullheads might prefer a leaner cuisine when the wind is cold or the run is just starting. Will Ryan, Field & Stream, 5 July 2023 How to Catch Channel Catfish Like bullheads, channel cats are widely distributed across the country. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2023 There was a bullhead with one horn. Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 For example, the yellow bullhead has 175,000 taste buds across its body; our tongue has only 10,000. Yao-Hua Law, Discover Magazine, 3 Mar. 2015 Other nonnatives fish in Utah Lake include perch, walleye, bass, bluegill channel catfish and black bullhead catfish. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 Largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, black crappie and bullhead, several dozen in all. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2022 Finally, children should eat no more than seven meals per month of yellow bullhead catfish from the creek. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullhead was in the 15th century

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“Bullhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullhead. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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bull·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce bullhead (audio)
: any of various fishes with large heads
especially : any of several common freshwater catfishes of the U.S.

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