One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various spinous saltwater or freshwater fishes, specifically a stickleback (family Gasterosteidae).
The action or an act of stickle; especially (in early use) vigorous striving or participation, (in later use) insistence that something should follow a prescribed form or be done in a prescribed way.
Late Middle English. Apparently cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch stekelinc (Dutch stekeling), Middle Low German stekelinc, stickelinc, Middle High German stichelinc (German Stichling)<br>late 16th century. From stickle + -ing.
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