One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young saithe or coalfish, Pollachius virens.
1no object To have or cause a pricking sensation, like the feeling of ‘pins and needles’; to prickle, tingle. Scottish.
2no object To twinkle, sparkle. Chiefly Scottish and English regional.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Buchan (1790–1854), folk-song collector, historian, and publisher. Origin unknown<br>early 18th century; earliest use found in John Kelly (c1684–1751), writer. Probably a variant of prickle with infixed -n-; compare later pringle.
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