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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On Monday, Smith guided Scott Barlow and his friends to five yellow eye snappers up to 5 pounds, a red grouper, three dolphin and 10 sculpins.
Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Trout good on sculpins, crawdad tails, 5-inch stickbaits (greenish-blue backs with light chartreuse bellies are best colors) and red worms.
The ground was covered with kelp, the occasional crab and edible clumps of roe from the fourhorn sculpin, which the Inuit call the ugly fish.
Scans from skulls of different species of sculpins offered clues about why some live in shallow water, while others reside only in the deep.
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Origin and Etymology of sculpin
First Known Use: 1672See Words from the same year
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