sheeps·head | \ˈshēps-ˌhed \

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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Seton Funfest will have inflatable rides, bingo, a sheepshead tournament, live music and so much food. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in Waukesha County in July," 27 June 2018 February marks the start of some of the year's best fishing for sheepshead. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Coastal fishing in February can be rewarding," 3 Feb. 2018 Corpus Christi: Black drum, flounder, redfish, sheepshead and speckled trout are some of the most plentiful fish found in the area. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Around Florida, the preferred habitat of a fish called the sheepshead drops by nearly half. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Warming seas may scramble North America’s fishing industry," 16 May 2018 The Gulf State Park pier continues to produce lots of sheepshead, as well. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 30 Mar. 2018 For those who tire of chasing trout and reds, the sheepshead bite is likely to continue for a few more weeks. Frank Sargeant,, "Spring break angling action on the Alabama coast," 31 Mar. 2018 Redfish and sheepshead and a couple of particularly bullish black drum that tested our reel's drags. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Reading and heeding the signs of spring," 22 Mar. 2018 Outdoors report Galveston - Good catches of sheepshead have come from the jetty on shrimp. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Feb. 16," 15 Feb. 2018

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1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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