Definition of hammerhead in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhamərˌhed/ /ˈhæmərˌhɛd/

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    (also hammerhead shark)
    A shark of tropical and temperate oceans that has flattened blade-like extensions on either side of the head, with the eyes and nostrils placed at or near the ends.

    Family Sphyrnidae and genus Sphyrna: several species

    ‘Climate change has pushed up water temperatures, resulting in regular sightings of the smooth hammerhead shark, which is not dangerous to humans.’
    • ‘There are four species which concern us, and they are the hammerhead shark, the white shark, the bull whaler shark and the tiger shark.’
    • ‘See her, in Medea, remember the hammerhead shark, play with a cigarette, remind her listeners that their tape is running out, and obsess about another, very different Billie (Holiday).’
    • ‘We hooked much bigger fish than we landed and I think sharks are a possibility here, probably hammerheads and sand sharks.’
    • ‘Whales, dolphins, enormous groupers, turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, great whites, hammerheads - they all play a starring role in attracting divers to worldwide destinations.’
  • 2A brown African marsh bird related to the storks, having a crest that looks like a backward projection of the head, and constructing an enormous nest.

    Also called hammerkop

    Scopus umbretta, the only member of the family Scopidae

    ‘Hammerheads are, overall, rather interesting and extraordinary birds.’
    • ‘The Hottentot people of southern Africa believe that the hammerhead, a wading bird, can see reflections of the future in pools of water.’