Definition of "sheepshead" [sheeps•head]

  • A food fish (Archosargus probatocephalus) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, having dark vertical markings. (noun)
  • A freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) commonly found from the Great Lakes to Texas. (noun)
  • A redfish (Semicossyphus pulcher) of the Gulf of California, caught commercially or as a game fish. (noun)

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Use "sheepshead" in a sentence
  • "We dined today on the fish called the sheepshead, with crabs."
  • "One kind whereof is by the English called a sheepshead from the resemblance the eye of it bears with the eye of a sheep."
  • "Authorities in northwest Ohio say the fish - a Lake Erie freshwater drum, known as a sheepshead - smashed a car windshield"