Definition of flathead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflathɛd/


1An edible tropical marine fish that has a pointed flattened head with the eyes positioned on the top, typically burrowing in the seabed with just the eyes showing.
  • Family Platycephalidae: several genera and species
Example sentences
  • Squid, cuttlefish, boxfish, stingrays and flatheads can be found among the rocky sections.
  • The odd flathead with juvenile bream are being caught in the rivers.
  • In this area, commercial fishermen will not be able to target recreational species such as whiting, bream, flathead and mulloway.
2 (Flathead) A member of certain North American Indian peoples such as the Chinook, Choctaw, and Salish, named from their supposed practice of flattening their children’s heads artificially.
Example sentences
  • By the mid-nineteenth century, they had pushed their enemies, particularly the Shoshone, Flathead, and Kootenai, west across the Rocky Mountains.
  • In 1875 destitute bands of Flatheads and Pend d' Oreilles were pressing into Blackfeet territory.
  • Flathead chief Victor refused to move his band from the Bitterroot Valley, the ancestral homeland of the Flatheads.
3 [as modifier] US (Of an engine) having the valves and spark plugs in the cylinder block rather than the cylinder head, which is essentially a flat plate.
Example sentences
  • I have a '50 Ford pickup with a blown flathead in it.
  • It had the doors welded shut and the roof cut off, and it was powered by a stock flathead.
3.1(Of a vehicle) having a flathead engine.
4 [as modifier] US (Of a screw) countersunk.
Example sentences
  • The unit has a base stand attached to it that can be removed via a single flathead screw.
  • To clean the wheels, grab a small flathead screw driver (the real small ones) and chisel the dirt off.
  • With a small flathead screwdriver, gently pry the drive free.

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