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snakehead

[sneyk-hed] /ˈsneɪkˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a turtlehead plant.
2.
any elongate fish of the family Channidae (or Ophicephalidae), having a large head with a deeply cleft mouth and able to breathe atmospheric oxygen.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; snake + head

snake's-head

[sneyks-hed] /ˈsneɪksˌhɛd/
noun
Origin
1730-40
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Examples from the web for snakehead
  • It was not the northern snakehead, the fish that walks on land and breathes air.
  • The aquarium industry is already recognized as a source of freshwater invasive species such as the snakehead.
British Dictionary definitions for snakehead

snakehead

/ˈsneɪkˌhed/
noun
1.
a Chinese criminal involved in the illegal transport of Chinese citizens to other parts of the world
Word Origin
C20: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for snakehead
n.

1845 as a type of plant; 1891 as a type of Asian carnivorous fish," from snake (n.) + head (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for snakehead

snake eater

noun phrase

A special forces soldier trained in survival and commando tactics, the initiates of which actually kill and eat snakes; tree eater (1970s+ Army)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for snakehead

any of a number of species of freshwater fish of the family Channidae, found in Africa and Asia. Snakeheads, long-bodied and more or less cylindrical in cross section, have large mouths and long, single dorsal and anal fins; they range from about 10 to 90 cm (4 to 36 inches) long. Snakeheads are able to breathe atmospheric air with the aid of a pair of vascular cavities located near the gills. Carnivorous in habit, they can survive for extended periods out of water. In some areas, they are used as food.

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