1. Any of various edible freshwater predatory fishes of the family Channidae, having an elongated body with long dorsal and anal fins and large scales on the head, native to Asia and Africa and established elsewhere.
2. See turtlehead.
3. Slang A person who smuggles undocumented Chinese immigrants into the United States and other countries.
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