Stickleback meaning

stĭkəl-băk
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Any of various small freshwater and marine fishes of the family Gasterosteidae, having erectile spines along the back.
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Any of a family (Gasterosteidae, order Gasterosteiformes) of small, bony-plated, marine and freshwater bony fishes with two to eleven sharp spines in front of the dorsal fin: the male builds a nest for the female's eggs.
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Any one of numerous species of small fishes of the family Gasterosteidae. The back is armed with two or more sharp spines. They inhabit both salt and brackish water, and construct curious nests.
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Origin of stickleback

  • Middle English stikelbak Old English sticel prick steig- in Indo-European roots Middle English bak back back1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English and dialect stickle a prickle, spine, sting (Anglo-Saxon sticel) + back. See stick (transitive verb) and compare banstickle.

    From Wiktionary