from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loggerhead turtle.
- n. An iron tool consisting of a long handle with a bulbous end, used when heated to melt tar or warm liquids.
- n. Nautical A post on a whaleboat used to secure the harpoon rope.
- n. Informal A blockhead; a dolt.
- n. Informal A disproportionately large head.
- idiom at loggerheads Engaged in a dispute: The question of car privileges put Sam and his parents at loggerheads.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tool consisting of a rod with a bulbous end, used once made hot in a fire for the purpose of heating liquids that it is plunged into.
- n. A post on a whaling boat used to secure the harpoon rope
- n. the loggerhead turtle
- n. the loggerhead shrike
- n. A dolt or blockhead
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blockhead; a dunce; a numskull.
- n. A spherical mass of iron, with a long handle, used to heat tar.
- n. An upright piece of round timber, in a whaleboat, over which a turn of the line is taken when it is running out too fast.
- n. A very large marine turtle (Thalassochelys caretta syn. Thalassochelys caouana), common in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil to Cape Cod; -- called also logger-headed turtle.
- n. An American shrike (Lanius Ludovicianus), similar to the butcher bird, but smaller. See Shrike.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blockhead; a dunce; a dolt; a thickskull.
- n. A spherical mass of iron with a long handle, used after being heated for various purposes, as to liquefy tar, to ignite the priming of a cannon, etc. Also called loggerheat.
- n. A post in the stern of a whale-boat, with a bell-shaped head, around which the harpoon-line passes; a snubbing-post.
- n. The hawk-billed turtle, a marine species of the genus Thalassochelys, as the American loggerhead, T. caouana or caretta, or the Indian, T. olivacea; also, the alligator-turtle of the southern United States, Macrochelys lacertina.
- n. The small gray or Carolinian shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, a bird of the family Laniidæ, resident and abundant in the southern parts of the United States, and sometimes as far north as New England.
- n. A flycatcher.
- n. The chub.
- n. A kind of sponge found in Florida.
- n. plural The knapweed, Centaurea nigra; also, the blue-bottle, C. Cyanus.
- n. In the southern United States, the common snapping-turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
- n. Specifically— in the British West Indies, a name applied to two large tyrant flycatchers, Pitangus caudifas-ciatus, and Myiarchus crinitus.
- n. The steamer-duck, Tachyeres cinereus, a flightless water-fowl of the Falkland Islands and Straits of Magellan.
- n. A lever or walking-beam which connects the piston-rod of an engine to the pump-plunger.
- n. A pewter inkstand, circular and very heavy.
- n. A large, heavy head, out of proportion to the body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. very large carnivorous sea turtle; wide-ranging in warm open seas
- n. a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
For example, ye olde pubs used to heat up alcoholic beverages with an iron poker -- a "loggerhead" -- but sometimes the man in charge of the loggerhead would become drunk on glug and a bit sloppy, suddenly you'd have a poker up the tunic, and all hell would break loose.
It's called a loggerhead, and it's big, 500 pounds big.
All the Mediterranean turtle are of the kind called loggerhead, which in the West – Indies are eaten by none but hungry seamen, negroes, and the lowest class of people.
In the after-part is an upright rounded post, called the loggerhead, by which to secure the end of the harpoon-line; and in the bows is a groove through which it runs out.
At one end, considered the stem, was a strong, upright, rounded piece of wood, called the loggerhead; at the other, or bow, a deep groove for the purpose of allowing the harpoon-line to run through it.
But Borden said one species, a bird known as the loggerhead shrike, has found a way around the lubbers' poison.
Our water was well tasted, and was kept constantly ventilated; a large piece of iron, also, used for the melting of tar, and called a loggerhead, was heated red-hot, and quenched in it before it was given out to be drank.
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The loggerhead is the most prevalent of five species of threatened or endangered sea turtles that inhabit the
I doubt not that many a "loggerhead" was kept in New England noon-houses and left heating and gathering insinuating goodness in the glowing coals, while the pious owner sat freezing in the meeting-house, also gathering goodness, but internally keeping warm at the thought of the bitter nectar he should speedily brew and gladly imbibe at the close of the long service.
But researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia found that other navigating species such as loggerhead sea turtles, which are known to orient via a magnetic compass, appear unable to use polarized light for navigation, at least when they're juveniles.