Definition of sculpin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskʌlpɪn/


A chiefly marine fish of the northern hemisphere, with a broad flattened head and spiny scales and fins.
  • Cottidae and related families: many genera and numerous species, including the bullheads.
Example sentences
  • In addition to whitefish, bull trout will feed on sculpins, darters or other trout and where applicable, salmon fry.
  • Many species eat the fry and smolts, including striped bass, American shad, sculpins and sea gulls.
  • Two such methods include coiling the body around the eggs (pricklebacks and gunnels) and covering the eggs with algae (temperate sculpins and wrasses).


Late 17th century: perhaps from obsolete scorpene, via Latin from Greek skorpaina, denoting a kind of fish.

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