quillback

noun
quill·​back | \ ˈkwil-ˌbak How to pronounce quillback (audio) \
plural quillback or quillbacks

Definition of quillback

: any of several suckers especially : a small fish (Carpiodes cyprinus) of central and eastern North America with a much elongated first ray of the dorsal fin

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First Known Use of quillback

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Quillback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quillback. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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