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stick·le·back

 (stĭk′əl-băk′)
n.
Any of various small freshwater and marine fishes of the family Gasterosteidae, having erectile spines along the back.

[Middle English stikelbak : Old English sticel, prick; see steig- in Indo-European roots + Middle English bak, back; see back1.]

stickleback

(ˈstɪkəlˌbæk)
n
(Animals) any small teleost fish of the family Gasterosteidae, such as Gasterosteus aculeatus (three-spined stickleback) of rivers and coastal regions and G. pungitius (ten-spined stickleback) confined to rivers. They have a series of spines along the back and occur in cold and temperate northern regions
[C15: from Old English stickel prick, sting + back1]

stick•le•back

(ˈstɪk əlˌbæk)

n.
any of the small, pugnacious, spiny-backed fish of the family Gasterosteidae, inhabiting northern fresh waters and sea inlets.
[1400–50; late Middle English stykylbak= Old English sticels goad, thorn (c. Old High German stihhil goad, Old Norse stikill point of a horn) + bæc back1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stickleback - small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtshipstickleback - small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research
Gasterosteus aculeatus, three-spined stickleback - of rivers and coastal regions
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Translations

stickleback

[ˈstɪklbæk] Nespinoso m

stickleback

[ˈstɪkəlbæk] népinoche f

stickleback

nStichling m

stickleback

[ˈstɪklˌbæk] nspinarello
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