ham·​mer·​head | \ ˈha-mər-ˌhed How to pronounce hammerhead (audio) \

Definition of hammerhead

1 : the striking part of a hammer
3 : any of a family (Sphyrnidae) of active voracious medium-sized sharks that have the eyes at the ends of lateral extensions of the flattened head — see shark illustration

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we despair of ever getting those hammerheads to buckle their seat belts without prodding
Recent Examples on the Web The price/earnings ratio of the S&P 500 has tumbled from 23.5 in January to 20.9 today—hardly rock-bottom by historic standards, but cheap enough to bring out the market’s hammerheads and great whites. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Uber seeks to dominate the food delivery wars," 13 May 2020 The outside of the building has been repainted and now sports the famous hammerhead shark hanging on the side. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Hammerheads owners are opening a second location and closing Migo for good," 6 May 2020 The sharks in the area, hammerheads and tigers, are relatively small. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Mostert’s surfing pals revel in 49ers RB’s rise: ‘Everyone is hyped’," 27 Jan. 2020 The fishing remained eventful with a 10-foot hammerhead hooked and released, as well as a bottlenose dolphin that got tangled in a line that was also safely untangled and released. Doug Howlett, Field & Stream, "The Story Behind the New Record Bluefin Tuna," 21 Feb. 2020 The impact of fin trading Due to the shark fin soup trade, shark populations such as hammerhead and oceanic whitetip, have declined by more than 90%, a 2018 study in Marine Policy reported. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "Nearly $1 million worth of shark fins seized by wildlife inspectors in Florida," 4 Feb. 2020 One such example came in a Season 2 scene of workers building a set, which included a brief shot of a hammerhead shark pounding nails with its face. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "‘BoJack Horseman’: Here Are the Best Animal Gags," 3 Feb. 2020 Aside from the silvery sheen, Starship MK1’s most notable feature are the two sharp fins extending from the nose like the head of a hammerhead shark . Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX's New Starship, the Rocket Bound for Mars," 29 Sep. 2019 In addition, hammerheads are considered endangered and are on the IUCN's Red List. Fox News, "Mysterious hammerhead shark spotted off Irish coast for first time ever," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of hammerhead

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hammerhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerhead. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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ham·​mer·​head | \ ˈha-mər-ˌhed How to pronounce hammerhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of hammerhead

: a shark that has a wide flattened head with the eyes spaced widely apart

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