from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A European marine fish (Cottus bubalis), allied to the sculpin; -- called also lucky proach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Cottus bubalis, a fish of the family Cottidæ.
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As I passed onwards, I saw, amid a heap of drift-weed stranded high on the beach by the previous tide, a defunct father-lasher, with the two defensive spines which project from its opercles stuck fast into little cubes of cork, that had floated its head above water, as the tyro-swimmer floats himself upon bladders; and my previous acquaintance with the habits of a fishing village enabled me at once to determine why and how it had perished.