Flathead meaning

flăt'hĕd'
A member of any of various North American Indian peoples who bound the skulls of their infants so as to produce a flattened forehead.
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A Salish people of NW Montana that is not known to have practiced head flattening.
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Any fish in the Platycephalidae family.
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A type of screw designed to fit in a countersink so that it sits flush with a surface.
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(automotive) A type of engine that has the valves placed in the engine block beside the piston, instead of in the cylinder head, as in an Overhead Valve engine.
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One of the Salish people of Washington state and British Columbia.
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Their Salishan language.
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Origin of flathead

  • Translation of French Têtes-Plates flat heads translation of a name used by neighboring tribes (from the fact that the Flathead did not ornamentally taper the skull as neighboring peoples did)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • flat +‎ head, from the practice of compressing the skull in infancy by artificial means. However, the Salish tribe never practised this custom, the confusion arising from the fact that the early traders felt compelled to adopt the local Indian classification, which considered the prevailing compressed skull of the neighbouring tribes as pointed and the naturally shaped Salish skull by contrast as flat.
    From Wiktionary
  • flat +‎ head
    From Wiktionary