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prickleback

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Definition of prickleback in English:

noun

A long, slender fish with a spiny dorsal fin running the length of the body. It lives in cooler seas of the northern hemisphere, typically in shallow inshore waters.
  • Family Stichaeidae: many genera and species
Example sentences
  • Two such methods include coiling the body around the eggs (pricklebacks and gunnels) and covering the eggs with algae (temperate sculpins and wrasses).
  • Pricklebacks are slithery, elusive and ugly as sin, but their taste is little short of divine.
  • We fished for the pricklebacks (Cebidichthys violaceous) with poke poles -- long old-fashioned bamboo poles or modern plastic telescoping poles -- with short wire leaders and hooks baited with squid.

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