Definition of bullhead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌhed/


1 (also bullhead catfish) An American freshwater catfish with four pairs of barbels around the mouth.
  • Family Ictaluridae: several genera and numerous species, including the black bullhead (Ameiurus melas).
Example sentences
  • In Florida, the diet was comprised mainly of fishes, with gizzard shad, bullhead catfish, and small bluegill particularly common.
  • In isolated enterocytes of black bullhead catfish, for instance, GLP - 1 application leads to substantial and dose-dependent increases in the capacity for glucose transport, as does exposure of the cells to glucagon.
  • They are usually too soft to withstand the attentions of small fish such as roach and small bream, as well as crayfish and the bullhead catfish.
2A small, mainly freshwater Eurasian fish of the sculpin family, with a broad flattened head and spiny fins.
  • Genera Cottus and Taurulus, family Cottidae: three species.
Example sentences
  • Johansson and Englund studied a waiting game between bullheads (Cottus gobio; a predatory fish) and case-making caddis fly larvae.
  • Hundreds of bullheads and stoneloach, 49 trout and one eel were among the fish killed in Lockholme Beck, a tributary of Scandal Beck, at Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen.
  • Other species caught included a handful of pike up to about five pounds in weight and a single chub, plus minnows and bullheads too numerous to count.
3 (also bullhead lily) A North American water lily with globular yellow flowers.
  • Nuphar variegatum, family Nymphaeaceae.
Example sentences
  • The Menominee believed that the bullhead lily was a powerful medicine.
  • At this time, too, I harvested a good supply of bullhead lily and cattail roots, both of which make a good substitute for potatoes.
  • The creation of a beaver pond provides habitat for common aquatic plants like the Water-shield, Common Bladderwort, White Water-lily and Bullhead Lily.

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Syllabification: bull·head

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