sticklebag
Stickleback Stic"kle*back`, n. [OE. & Prov E. stickle a prickle, spine, sting (AS. sticel) + back. See {Stick}, v. t., and cf. {Banstickle}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the genus {Gasterosteus} and allied genera. The back is armed with two or more sharp spines. They inhabit both salt and brackish water, and construct curious nests. Called also {sticklebag}, {sharpling}, and {prickleback}. [1913 Webster]

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  • prickleback — Stickleback Stic kle*back , n. [OE. & Prov E. stickle a prickle, spine, sting (AS. sticel) + back. See {Stick}, v. t., and cf. {Banstickle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the genus {Gasterosteus} and allied genera.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sharpling — Stickleback Stic kle*back , n. [OE. & Prov E. stickle a prickle, spine, sting (AS. sticel) + back. See {Stick}, v. t., and cf. {Banstickle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the genus {Gasterosteus} and allied genera.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stickleback — Stic kle*back , n. [OE. & Prov E. stickle a prickle, spine, sting (AS. sticel) + back. See {Stick}, v. t., and cf. {Banstickle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the genus {Gasterosteus} and allied genera. The back is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stickleback — noun Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the genus Gasterosteus and allied genera. The back is armed with two or more sharp spines. They inhabit both salt and brackish water, and construct curious nests. Syn: sticklebag, sharpling …   Wiktionary

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