variants or less commonly fortescure
or fortesque
plural -s
: an Australian scorpion fish (Centropogon australis) having along the back venomous erectile spines capable of inflicting painful wounds

called also forty-skewer, scorpion

Word History


alteration (influenced by the proper name Fortescue) of forty-skewer

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“Fortescue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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