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n. pl. scul·pins or sculpin
1. Any of various marine and freshwater fishes chiefly of the family Cottidae, having a large flattened head with spines, few or no scales, and often fanlike pectoral fins.
2. A scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) of California coastal waters.
n, pl -pin or -pins
(Animals) US and Canadian any of various fishes of the family Cottidae (bullheads and sea scorpions). Also spelled: skulpin
[C17: of unknown origin]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -pin, (esp. for kinds or species) -pins.
1. any fish of the mostly marine family Cottidae, having a large head with spines on each side.
2. (in California) a common scorpionfish, Scorpaena guttata.
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||sculpin - any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths|
bullhead - freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spines
miller's-thumb - small freshwater sculpin of Europe and North America
Hemitripterus americanus, sea raven - large sculpin of western Atlantic; inflates itself when caught