Skull (?), n. [See School a
multitude.] A school, company, or shoal. [Obs.]
A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at
These fishes enter in great flotes and
Skull, n. [OE. skulle,
sculle, scolle; akin to Scot. skull,
skoll, a bowl, Sw. skalle skull, skal a shell,
and E. scale; cf. G. hirnschale, Dan. hierneskal.
Cf. Scale of a balance.] 1. (Anat.)
The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the
brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and
mouth. See Illusts. of Carnivora, of Facial
angles under Facial, and of Skeleton, in
☞ In many fishes the skull is almost wholly cartilaginous but
in the higher vertebrates it is more or less completely ossified,
several bones are developed in the face, and the cranium is made up,
wholly or partially, of bony plates arranged in three segments, the
frontal, parietal, and occipital, and usually
closely united in the adult.
2. The head or brain; the seat of
Skulls that can not teach, and will not
3. A covering for the head; a skullcap.
[Obs. & R.]
Let me put on my skull first.
Beau. & Fl.
4. A sort of oar. See Scull.
Skull and crossbones, a symbol of death. See