quill·​back ˈkwil-ˌbak How to pronounce quillback (audio)
plural quillback or quillbacks
: 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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Illustration of quillback

Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quillback was in 1882

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“Quillback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quillback. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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