father-lasher

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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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“Father-lasher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/father-lasher. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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