Definitions

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

  • n. See turtlehead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Chinese smuggler, especially one who smuggles people
  • n. A showy perennial plant, Chelone glabra, found in North American marshlands; the turtlehead
  • n. A loose, bent-up end of one of the strap rails, or flat rails, formerly used on American railroads. It was sometimes so bent by the passage of a train as to slip over a wheel and pierce the bottom of a car.
  • n. The Guinea-hen flower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose, bent-up end of one of the strap rails, or flat rails, formerly used on American railroads. It was sometimes so bent by the passage of a train as to slip over a wheel and pierce the bottom of a car.
  • n.
  • n. The turtlehead.
  • n. The Guinea-hen flower. See Snake's-head, and under Guinea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as snake's-head, 1.
  • n. A plant, the turtle-head, Chelone glabra, used in medicine as a tonic and aperient. See Chelone.
  • n. A fish of the family Ophiocephalidæ.
  • n. A snake-headed turtle, Chelys matamata, having a large flat carapace and long pointed head, found in South America. See cut under Chelydidæ.
  • n. The end of a flat railroad-rail when curling upward.

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

  • n. showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple
  • n. showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple

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Examples

  • The snakehead is not in Ohio yet, but does it pose a threat to your fishing rivers, streams, lakes, or ponds?

    Snake Heads

  • The locals supposedly started a snakehead population in flushing meadows/corona lake in Queens NY because snakehead is apparently quite the delicacy for local Koreans.

    Ever Eat A Snakehead?

  • He's a snakehead, which is the term used to describe Chinese human smugglers of illegal aliens.

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  • Apparently there is a fish known as a snakehead that has shark-like teeth, walks on land and eats other creatures that fish were likely never meant to eat.

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  • The snakehead was the talk of Chinatown since all the Chinese-language newspapers had articles about Mr. Wu's arrest, and even featured photos of the fish's razor-sharp teeth.

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  • In China, the snakehead is a sweet, meaty staple harvested in farms, and when boiled into soup, it is reputed to possess remarkable healing properties.

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  • There, posing as buyers looking for a child, detectives arranged a meeting with the so-called snakehead, the gangster who had sold the boy on.

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  • "snakehead" - shaped, which leads me to believe that they came into being in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

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  • When Alex discovers that a woman from the wreck and the congressman's lover have the same rose tattoo - the brand of a "snakehead", a master of a human trafficking operation - it dawns on her that these cases aren't as unrelated as they seem and that the entire political landscape of New York City could hang in the balance of her investigation.

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  • The very name "snakehead" comes from the image of the smugglers crawling furtively through borders to deliver their human cargo to their final destination.

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