from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The stickleback.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the fish in the Stichaeidae family.

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

  • noun small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research
  • noun 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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