stickleback


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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
References in classic literature ?
Jeremy landed little Jack Sharp the stickleback, covered with spines!
THE stickleback floundered about the boat, pricking and snapping until he was quite out of breath.
It was he who bent the first pin with which Tom extracted his first stickleback out of "Pebbly Brook," the little stream which ran through the village.
The research team from Nottingham University named the stickleback Mary, for obvious reasons.
A stretch of about nine kilometres of the river has been affected, leading to a massive loss of fish - mainly brown trout but also bullhead, lamprey, stoneloach, salmon parr, chub, eel, bullhead, stickleback, perch and minnow.
Anadromous and resident freshwater threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) were distinguished from each other on the basis of methods described in von Hippel and Weigner (2004).
albiflora transcriptome had hits with 26.2% to 44.3% of the unique proteins of fugu, zebrafish, three-spined stickleback, medaka.
Kingsley's group first investigated what causes stickleback fish that live in salt water to have heavy armor plates made of bone while freshwater sticklebacks are lightly armored with smaller and fewer bony plates.
vvIt was a day of never-say-die rides at Wetherby and none fitted the bill better than Wilson Renwick's effort on Stickleback in the staying handicap hurdle.
WETHERBY: 12.15 Flementime, 12.45 Swiftly Done, 1.15 Many Clouds, 1.45 Royal Skies, 2.15 King Of The Wolds, 2.50 Definite Lady, 3.25 Stickleback WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.55 Give Us A Belle, 4.25 My Sweet Lord, 4.55 Boy The Bell, 5.25 Three Pips, 5.55 Here For Good, 6.25 Sound Advice, 6.55 This Is Me, 7.25 Tony Hollis
The research found two key components of schooling- the tendency to school and how well fish do it- map to different genomic regions in the threespine stickleback, a small fish native to the Northern Hemisphere.