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Definition of "sculpin" [scul•pin]

  • Any of various marine and freshwater fishes of the family Cottidae, having a large flattened head and prominent spines. (noun)
  • A scorpion fish (Scorpaena guttata) of California coastal waters. Also called sea scorpion. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sculpin" in a sentence
  • "I wuz wid yer gran'pa at Fort Mimms, down erbout Mobile, an 'I seed 'em killin' folks an 'sculpin' uv 'em; an, mo'n dat, ef'n I hadn't er crope under er log, an 'flattent myse'f out like er allergator, dey'd er got me; an' den, ergin, dey don't talk like no folks."
  • "Seems that Lake Michigan gobie population densities are increasing, while alewife and sculpin populations are decreasing, with overall prey fish populations decreasing, affecting salmon, steelhead, and lake trout."
  • "Most of the time, olive, sculpin, brown or black will work better than lighter colors."