miller's thumb love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small freshwater sculpins of the genus Cottus, especially C. gobio, found in Europe and North America and having a large spiny head and spiny fins.

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  • n. European bullhead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bird, as the gold-crest, chiff-chaff, and long-tailed tit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish, Cottus gobio, of the family Cottid├Ž.
  • n. Any fresh-water sculpin of the genus Uranidea; one of the little star-gazers, of which there are several species, as U. richardsoni.
  • n. The bib (a fish), Gadus luscus.
  • n. The golden-crested wren, Regulus cristatus; the thumb-bird.
  • n. The willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small freshwater sculpin of Europe and North America

Etymologies

From its stocky, thumblike shape (the phrase miller's thumb was originally a folk expression referring to millers who gave short weight by tipping the scales with their thumbs).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Despite what image search might have you believe, it's a fish of some kind (well, specifically of the sculpin kind):

    Dictionary.com tells us that the name originates "From its stocky, thumblike shape (the phrase miller's thumb was originally a folk expression referring to millers who gave short weight by tipping the scales with their thumbs)"

    Sometimes imagesearch appears completely loco to me.

    April 10, 2009