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1. Any of several stocky North American freshwater catfishes of the genus Ameiurus, having a tail that is not forked.
2. Any of several sculpins, especially the miller's thumb.


1. (Animals) any of various small northern mainly marine scorpaenoid fishes of the family Cottidae that have a large head covered with bony plates and spines
2. (Animals) any freshwater North American catfish of the genus Ameiurus (or Ictalurus), having a large head bearing several long barbels
3. (Animals) a scorpion fish, Scorpaena guttata, of North American Pacific coastal waters
4. informal a stupidly stubborn or unintelligent person



1. any small North American freshwater catfish of the genus Ictalurus, having a truncate caudal fin.
2. an unreasonably obstinate person.
[1665–75, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bullhead - freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spinesbullhead - freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spines
Cottus, genus Cottus - type genus of the Cottidae: sculpins
sculpin - any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths
2.bullhead - any of several common freshwater catfishes of the United States
siluriform fish, catfish - any of numerous mostly freshwater bottom-living fishes of Eurasia and North America with barbels like whiskers around the mouth
Ameiurus, genus Ameiurus - type genus of the Ameiuridae: bullhead catfishes
Ameiurus Melas, horned pout, hornpout, pout - catfish common in eastern United States
brown bullhead - freshwater catfish of eastern United States
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Up to 3,000 are thought to have died on a mile-long stretch of the Nant Mawr between Ruthin and Denbigh, including salmon, sea trout, brown trout, eels and bullheads.
Make pea-sized balls for freshwater panfish, marble-sized balls for bullheads and channel catfish, and egg yolk-sized balls or bigger for deepwater monsters.
Bullheads and brown trout are expected to directly benefit from the opening of these areas, which should also indirectly benefit the mussel populations;
The first stretch, not far upstream of the reservoir, yielded more than 300 largemouth bass, pumpkinseeds, tasselated darters, long-nosed dace, white suckers, crayfish, frogs, redfin pickerel, black-nosed dace, yellow bullheads, brook trout and landlocked salmon.
The smaller catfish and bullheads that are found in rivers, lakes and pond in many places are what most people catch for themselves.
Habits and Habitat: Brown bullheads are common in weedy lakes, ponds, impoundments, sloughs, backwaters, and slow-flowing rivers and streams.
with sunnies, bullheads, a few turtles, some snakes and bugs that made