sheeps·​head | \ ˈshēps-ˌhed How to pronounce sheepshead (audio) \

Definition of sheepshead

1 : a marine bony fish (Archosargus probatocephalus of the family Sparidae) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S. that has broad front teeth and is used for food
3 : a largely red or rose-colored wrasse (Semicossyphus pulcher) of the California coast

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Recent Examples on the Web Because the sheepshead's diet consists of mollusks and crustaceans, their molars assist in crushing their prey's tough shells. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 Last week, an angler casting a line off Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, caught a hefty and toothy nine-pound sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus). Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 The sheepshead will then taper off, but then more Spanish, more pompano and specks will show up. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 Apr. 2021 The near-shore areas have been good, but fishermen have had to release a lot of sheepshead in order to put a six-fish limit of walleye in the cooler. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 3 June 2021 From the coast, the sheepshead spawn is slowing but there are still plenty of big ones hanging on the rigs and rocks in lower Mobile Bay—a shrimp on bottom gets them. Frank Sargeant, al, 16 Apr. 2021 The full moon will be the peak of the sheepshead spawn. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 Apr. 2021 Seek out the deepest holes in these areas and fish live shrimp near bottom for sheepshead, trout and redfish. Frank Sargeant, al, 19 Feb. 2021 Trout, reds and sheepshead will all take live shrimp fished on bottom in the rocky holes and channels of Deer Creek, Fowl River and Dog River as well as Weeks Bayou. Frank Sargeant, al, 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sheepshead

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sheepshead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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