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Sculpin \Scul"pin\, n. [Written also skulpin.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. Any one of numerous species of marine cottoid fishes of the genus Cottus, or Acanthocottus, having a large head armed with several sharp spines, and a broad mouth. They are generally mottled with yellow, brown, and black. Several species are found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America.

  2. A large cottoid market fish of California ( Scorp[ae]nichthys marmoratus); -- called also bighead, cabezon, scorpion, salpa.

  3. The dragonet, or yellow sculpin, of Europe ( Callionymus lyra).

    Note: The name is also applied to other related California species.

    Deep-water sculpin, the sea raven.


n. 1 (context colloquial especially used by children English) A person having an inflated opinion of himself; a conceited or arrogant person. 2 (context colloquial English) One of several species of fish having a large head. 3 (context colloquial English) One of several animal diseases that cause swelling of the head.


n. any of various diseases of animals characterized by edema of the head and neck


Bighead is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown and published by Top Shelf Productions. The title character is a superhero whose main power seems to be the fact that he has a giant head. Unlike many of Brown's other graphic novels, Bighead is not an autobiographical work, but rather a parody of classic superhero stories. Bighead fights villains like Heartbroke, who built a doomsday machine after a bad breakup so that he could make the entire world as miserable as he was.

The graphic novel collects all the Bighead stories published as mini comics and one-pagers in other places together with some content that is new to the book.

Bighead was nominated for 2 Ignatz Awards: Best Artist and Best Graphic Novel. Time magazine named Bighead the tenth best comic of 2004.

A spin-off comic, The Incredible Change-Bots, was released in 2007. A sequel book, Sulk, was released in 2012

Usage examples of "bighead".

This, say the bigheads of the scientific fraternity, all began with a big bang.

Anyway, the bigheads use everything they can get -- including a measure of how far the Magellanic clouds have rotated, and in which direction.

He and Malone had visited offices such as these back in the Greed Decade, when entrepreneurs and other assorted bigheads had surrounded themselves with the extravagance of mad kings.