miller's thumb

miller's-thumb

[mil-erz-thuhm]
noun
any of several small, freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, of Europe and North America.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English milneres thume; the fish is so called from its thumblike head

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miller's thumb
 
n
any of several small freshwater European fishes of the genus Cottus, esp C. gobio, having a flattened body: family Cottidae (bullheads, etc)
 
[C15: from the alleged likeness of the fish's head to a thumb]

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