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  1. sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalusnoun

    large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexico


  1. sheepsheadnoun

    A fish of the species Archosargus probatocephalus.


  1. sheepshead

    Sheepshead is a term that can refer to several things: 1. Fish: In aquatic terms, sheepshead is a common name for several species of fish, particularly the Archosargus probatocephalus, native to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. They are known for their strong teeth similar to a sheep's. 2. Game: Sheepshead is also a trick-taking card game, popular in areas of the United States such as Wisconsin and parts of the Midwest. The game is also known as Schafkopf in Germany. 3. Species of Porgy: Sheepshead could also refer to California Sheepshead (Semicossyphus pulcher), a species of wrasse, one of the biggest type of fish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean. 4. Bay/Bridge/Island: It also could refer to geographical locations like Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York or Sheepshead Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, Sheepshead Bay Road, and Sheepshead Bay Bridge. The exact definition depends on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheepsheadnoun

    a large and valuable sparoid food fish (Archosargus, / Diplodus, probatocephalus) found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It often weighs from ten to twelve pounds

  2. Etymology: [So called because of the fancied resemblance of its head and front teeth to those of a sheep.]


  1. Sheepshead

    Sheepshead or Sheephead is a trick-taking card game related to the Skat family of games. It is the Americanized version of a card game that originated in Central Europe in the late 18th century under the German name Schafkopf. Although Schafkopf literally means "sheepshead", it has nothing to do with sheep. The term probably was derived and translated incorrectly from Middle High German and referred to playing cards on a barrel head. Since kings are very weak cards, some say that playing the game was a way to insult the Kaiser without getting your head chopped off. In the United States, sheepshead is most commonly played in Wisconsin, which has a large German-American population, and on the internet. Numerous tournaments are held throughout Wisconsin during the year, with the largest tournament being the "Nationals", held annually during a weekend in September, October or November, and mini-tournaments held hourly throughout Germanfest in Milwaukee during the last weekend of each July. The 2012 "Nationals" was held in Wiscconsin Dells on September 21-22, 2012. The 2013 "Nationals" will be held on October 18-19, 2013, also in Wisconsin Dells.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheepshead in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheepshead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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