Definition of prickleback in English:

prickleback

noun

  • A long slender fish with a spiny dorsal fin running the length of the body. It lives in cooler seas of the northern hemisphere, typically in shallow inshore waters.

    • ‘Pricklebacks are slithery, elusive and ugly as sin, but their taste is little short of divine.’
    • ‘Two such methods include coiling the body around the eggs (pricklebacks and gunnels) and covering the eggs with algae (temperate sculpins and wrasses).’
    • ‘We fished for the pricklebacks (Cebidichthys violaceous) with poke poles -- long old-fashioned bamboo poles or modern plastic telescoping poles -- with short wire leaders and hooks baited with squid.’

Pronunciation:

prickleback

/ˈprikəlˌbak/