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  • n. Any of the fish in the Stichaeidae family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stickleback.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stickleback. Also prickle-fish and pricklyback.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Octopus, capable of squeezing itself through extremely narrow cracks and openings, and the monkeyface prickleback, another eel-like fish that can survive out of water for longer than a day.

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