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

Illustration of sculpin

Illustration of sculpin
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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Small pools of water remained at the base of the rocks, where small sculpin swam in circles and little shore crabs scuttled to safety. oregonlive, 17 July 2021 Bear Lake sculpin, Bear Lake whitefish, Bonneville whitefish and Bonneville cisco. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 Small native minnows can be used, with the sculpin minnow being a favorite on Western trout waters. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

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 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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