hammerhead

noun
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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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 Later that day a 12-foot hammerhead swam slowly past my kayak. Nate Matthews, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Baja By Bike," 7 Dec. 2020 The heads can also serve as weapons — biologists have observed a female great hammerhead use her noggin to bludgeon a stingray. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "The Pros and Cons of Swimming With a Hammer Head," 20 Sep. 2020 Taylor-Joy’s eyes, which are the size of silver dollars and set far apart, giving her the appearance of a beautiful hammerhead shark. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Queen’s Gambit” Is the Most Satisfying Show on Television," 13 Nov. 2020 Fishermen claim that one of the sharks is a 15-foot-long, half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020 (8/12/20) live stream: How to watch Adam Devine find shark lair online, TV info," 12 Aug. 2020 Fishermen claim that one of the sharks is a 15-foot-long, half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020 (8/12/20) live stream: How to watch Adam Devine find shark lair online, TV info," 12 Aug. 2020 There are at least eight hammerhead species, enough to fill a tool belt. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "The Pros and Cons of Swimming With a Hammer Head," 20 Sep. 2020 Fishermen claim that one of the sharks is a 15-foot-long, half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020 (8/12/20) live stream: How to watch Adam Devine find shark lair online, TV info," 12 Aug. 2020 Fishermen claim that one of the sharks is a 15-foot-long, half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020 (8/12/20) live stream: How to watch Adam Devine find shark lair online, TV info," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Dec 2020

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“Hammerhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerhead. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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