prickle-back

prickleback

[prik-uhl-bak]
noun
1.
any of several blennioid fishes of the family Stichaeidae, usually inhabiting cold waters, having spiny rays in the dorsal fin.

Origin:
1740–50; prickle + back1

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prickleback

noun
1. small elongate fishes of shallow northern seas; a long dorsal fin consists entirely of spines 
2. small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research [syn: stickleback
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