hammerhead

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

Definition of hammerhead

1 : the striking part of a hammer
2 : blockhead
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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Examples of hammerhead in a Sentence

we despair of ever getting those hammerheads to buckle their seat belts without prodding
Recent Examples on the Web With rising reports of sharks in its area, a team of scientists from Florida International University investigate the Florida coast to try and find the world’s biggest hammerhead. cleveland, 10 July 2022 The Ohio State University Extension in Trumbull County warned residents earlier this month that a homeowner had spotted a hammerhead worm in their lawn. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 17 May 2022 The hammerhead-style ax pulls double duty with a traditional ax head to one side, and a hammer on the reverse. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 18 Apr. 2022 Alas, the experiment turns his son into a half-human, half-hammerhead shark monster who goes on a killing spree. Matt Cohen, The Week, 1 Oct. 2018 The hammerhead species, which can grow to about a foot long, can pose a risk to humans, Morgan-Olvera said. Praveena Somasundaram, Dallas News, 29 June 2021 Upon further research of the worm that had appeared outside her home on June 7, Serfass identified it as a hammerhead worm, or bipalium. Sara Karnes, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Looking for answers, scientists based at Florida State University decided to study bonnethead sharks — a kind of hammerhead that lives on both American coasts and returns to the same estuaries every year. Fox News, 18 May 2021 Looking for answers, scientists based at Florida State University decided to study bonnethead sharks — a kind of hammerhead that lives on both American coasts and returns to the same estuaries every year. Author: Patrick Whittle, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hammerhead

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hammerhead was in 1562

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Last Updated

21 Jul 2022

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“Hammerhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerhead. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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hammerhead

noun
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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