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flathead

[flat-hed] /ˈflætˌhɛd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) flathead (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) flatheads.
1.
any of several scorpaenoid fishes of the family Platycephalidae, chiefly inhabiting waters of the Indo-Pacific region and used for food.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; flat1 + head

Flathead

[flat-hed] /ˈflætˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a river in SE British Columbia and NW Montana, flowing S to Flathead Lake and S and W to the Clark Fork River. 240 miles (385 km) long.

Flathead

[flat-hed] /ˈflætˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a member of a tribe of Salishan Indians of northwest Montana.
2.
a Chinook Indian.
Origin
1530-40; so called from their supposed practice of flattening their children's heads
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British Dictionary definitions for flathead

flathead

/ˈflætˌhɛd/
noun (pl) -head, -heads
1.
any Pacific scorpaenoid food fish of the family Platycephalidae, which resemble gurnards
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Slang definitions & phrases for flathead

flathead

noun
  1. A stupid person; fathead (1862+)
  2. A police officer; flatfoot (1950s+)
  3. A nontipping patron at a restaurant or club (1950s+ Restaurant)
  4. An L-head or side-valve car engine (1950s+ Hot rodders)

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Encyclopedia Article for flathead

any of the flattened marine fish of the family Platycephalidae (order Scorpaeniformes), found in the Indo-Pacific and in tropical regions of the eastern Atlantic. Flatheads are elongated, large-mouthed fish with tapered bodies, two dorsal fins, and rough scales. As their name indicates, the head, which is large and covered with ridges and spines, and the forward part of the body are flattened from top to bottom. The fish are carnivorous and generally live on the ocean bottom, buried beneath the surface. They are commercially valuable food fish and range in size to a maximum of about 1.3 m (50 inches) and 15 kg (33 pounds)

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