nounpl. -·pin or -·pins
- any of a family (Cottidae) of small, generally scaleless, mostly marine percoid fishes with a spiny head and wide mouth
- a scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) of the S California coast
Origin of sculpinprobably altered from French scorpene from Classical Latin scorpaena: see scorpion
nounpl. scul·pins, or sculpin
- Any of various marine and freshwater fishes chiefly of the family Cottidae, having a large flattened head with spines, few or no scales, and often fanlike pectoral fins.
- A scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) of California coastal waters.
Origin of sculpinOrigin unknown
- A small fish of the family Cottidae, usually lacking scales. Often found on river bottoms and in tidal pools.