One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Family Stichaeidae: many genera and species
- ‘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.’
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