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1. A food fish (Archosargus probatocephalus) of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the Americas, having dark vertical markings and a short blunt snout.
2. A freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens) of North and Central America, valued as a sport fish.


n, pl -head or -heads
(Animals) any of several sparid fishes with strong crushing teeth, esp Archosargus rhomboidalis, of the American Atlantic, which is marked with dark bands



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -head, (esp. for kinds or species). -heads.
1. a deep-bodied, black-banded food fish, Archosargus probatocephalus, inhabiting Atlantic coastal waters.
2. a freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens, of E North America.
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Noun1.sheepshead - large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexicosheepshead - large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexico
sparid, sparid fish - spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
Archosargus, genus Archosargus - a genus of Sparidae
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She would be considerably surprised if informed that he dined to-day on a sheepshead, a loaf, and three cabbages, and is suspected of a leg of mutton.
Sheepshead and croakers from American coffee, with real cream.
But what if, in reality, without the least desire to be offensive, that sheepshead had a notion in earnest that he was superior to me and could only look at me in a patronising way?
As for sheepshead tournament strategy, more and more fishermen are learning the dangers of pre-fishing.
Currently under construction, Neptune/Sixth encompasses a freestanding office and retail building at 626 Sheepshead Bay Road that is scheduled to be completed by year's end, as well as 532 Neptune Avenue, a mixed-use retail and luxury rental apartment building, for which work has also commenced.
Also known as sheepshead, drum are heavy-bodied fish with blunt heads and pronounced humpbacks.
Abstract--The sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) is common in coastal waters from the Chesapeake Bay to Texas in the United States and supports a viable recreational and commercial fishery throughout much of its range.
FICKEL FIRED THE FIRST SHOT FROM AN AIRPLANE ON August 20, 1910, at Sheepshead Bay race track near New York City.
Residents of the close-knit beach communities in and around Sheepshead Bay interact with the water that surrounds them in myriad ways.
In the study, the sheepshead swordtail fish (Xiphophorus birchmanni) fish were placed in pairs in a fish tank, food was added and their behaviour was captured on film.
The flight in 1911 departed Sheepshead Bay, New York on 17 September and landed in Long Beach, California (JetBlue's current West Coast base of operations) on 10 December.
The Texas Gulf Coast is also a bowfishing wonderland, because there's so much of it and public access abounds, Stingrays and sheepshead offer action-packed shooting.