father–lasher

noun

Definition of father–lasher

  1. :  either of two small darkly mottled sculpins (Cottus bubalis and C. scorpius) found chiefly along the coasts of northwestern Europe and the British Isles

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Origin and Etymology of father–lasher

so called from the fact that the male guards the eggs and that it defends itself by lashing out with its tail and spines


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