Definition of prickleback in English:

prickleback

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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
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    • 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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