Definition of father-lasher in English:

father-lasher

noun

  • The short-spined sea scorpion, Myoxocephalus scorpius (family Cottidae), a sculpin of coastal waters in the north Atlantic.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian. From father + lasher; so called on account of the fact that the male of this fish defends the eggs by lashing out with its spiny tail.

Pronunciation

father-lasher

/ˈfɑːðəˌlaʃə/