One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The short-spined sea scorpion, Myoxocephalus scorpius (family Cottidae), a sculpin of coastal waters in the north Atlantic.
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.
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