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  • n. Plural form of thornback.


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  • "thornbacks" who would try to pass for the desired age:

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • Besides bass, we took plenty of thornbacks, and an abundance of lobsters, so that the smallest boy in the plantation may both catch and eat as many as he may wish of them.

    Colonial Children

  • They saw a large turtle, and many skates and thornbacks, but caught none.

    Early Australian Voyages: Pelsart, Tasman, Dampier

  • Here are also skates, thornbacks, and other fish of the ray kind

    Early Australian Voyages: Pelsart, Tasman, Dampier

  • They saw a large turtle and many skates and thornbacks, but caught none.

    A Voyage to New Holland

  • And four boxes of thornbacks, which may fetch £350.

    The Guardian World News

  • Plus some bigger thornbacks, whiting and rough hounds - a small shark that usually gets called rock salmon at the chippy because no one would eat a rough hound.

    The Guardian World News

  • Arimanian demon; being thus in devotion for their kind friends and relations that transformed them into birds, whether when they were maids, or thornbacks, in their prime, or at their last prayers.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

  • After this S. Austin entered into Dorsetshire, and came in to a town whereas were wicked people who refused his doctrine and preaching utterly and drove him out of the town, casting on him the tails of thornbacks, or like fishes, wherefore he besought almighty God to show his judgement on them, and God sent to them a shameful token, for the children that were born after in that place had tails, as it is said, till they had repented them.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3


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