sculpin

noun

scul·​pin ˈskəl-pən How to pronounce sculpin (audio)
plural sculpins also sculpin
1
: any of a family (Cottidae) of spiny large-headed usually bottom-dwelling often scaleless bony fishes with large fanlike pectoral fins
2
: a scorpion fish (Scorpaena guttata) of the southern California coast caught for food and sport

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Examples of sculpin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several green and hawksbill turtles are darting in and out of a vibrant coral cliff with seemingly millions of species, from sculpins to sun coral and everything in between. Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Mar. 2024 The sculpin hat, or Wéix’ s’áaxw in Tlingit, had been at the museum since the 1880s. Rachel Parsons, Scientific American, 29 June 2022 But on February 14, ODNR Communications Director Stephanie O’Grady told the Columbus Dispatch that most of the fish appeared to be suckers, darters, and sculpins. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 27 Feb. 2023 An estimated 3,500 fish -- such as minnows, darters and sculpin -- have died in creeks and rivers around the area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 22 Feb. 2023 The dead fish have mostly been small suckers, minnows, darters and sculpin. Politifact Staff Writer, Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2023 But in Alaska, the fish skins, heads, organs, shells, and undervalued species like sculpin or arrowtooth flounder are mostly discarded or ground up and dumped. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 Slowly and delicately, the new sculpin hat emerged. Rachel Parsons, Scientific American, 29 June 2022 Parent birds now feed their chicks sculpin and other fish that are less abundant and less energy-rich than the cod. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sculpin was in 1672

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“Sculpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sculpin. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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sculpin

noun
scul·​pin ˈskəl-pən How to pronounce sculpin (audio)
plural sculpins also sculpin
1
: any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless fishes with fanlike fins
2
: a fish of the southern California coast that has poisonous spines on the fin on the back and is caught for food and sport

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