Definition of stickleback
plural sticklebacks also stickleback
: any of a family (Gasterosteidae) of small scaleless bony fishes having two or more free spines in front of the dorsal fin and including marine, anadromous, and freshwater forms
Origin of stickleback
Middle English stykylbak, from Old English sticel goad + Middle English bak back; akin to Old English stician to stick
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with stickleback
almanac, amberjack, anorak, antiblack, applejack, Arawak, Aurillac, back-to-back, bivouac, black-on-black, brainiac, bric-a-brac, Cadillac, camelback, canvasback, cardiac, carryback, celiac, cornerback, Cousin Jack, crackerjack, cul-de-sac, diamondback, fiddleback, Gay-Lussac, gunnysack, hackmatack, haversack, high-low-jack, huckaback, hydrocrack, iliac, ipecac, Kodiak, ladder-back, leatherback, lumberjack, maniac, medevac, Merrimack, mommy track, multipack, nunatak, Nunivak, off-the-rack, paperback, Pasternak, piggyback, quarterback, razorback, retropack, running back, sandarac, Sarawak, silverback, single-track, snapper-back, steeplejack, Syriac, tamarack, theriac, tokamak, turtleback, umiak, Unimak, zodiac
STICKLEBACK Defined for Kids
Definition of stickleback for Students
: a small scaleless fish with sharp spines on its back
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