One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stickleback (now rare).
2A member of the family Stephanoberycidae of small deep-sea fishes of tropical and subtropical waters, which bear spines ventrally and dorsally in front of the caudal fin and typically have toothed scales with backward-pointing spines.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Walter Charleton (1620–1707), physician and natural philosopher.
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