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.
We summarized evidence that body size has diverged between two species of threespine stickleback because of contrasting selection pressures between the two environments they principally exploit.
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).
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Twenty-two predators, including trout and loon, feasted on these fish, yet stickleback population size didn't change much from year to year.
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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.
He claims his three-spined stickleback is the biggest tiddler ever caught in Britain.