sculpin

noun
scul·​pin | \ ˈskəl-pən How to pronounce sculpin (audio) \
plural sculpins also sculpin

Definition of 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 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of sculpin

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sculpin

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31 Aug 2020

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“Sculpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sculpin. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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