three-spined stickleback

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Definition of three-spined stickleback

: a stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) chiefly of fresh and brackish waters that typically has three dorsal spines

called also three-spine stickleback

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Examples of three-spined stickleback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spring-fed lake, where Spanish explorers camped in 1776, is now home to natives like the three-spined stickleback fish, western pond turtles, freshwater mussels and chorus frogs that sing in the evening. San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of three-spined stickleback

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-spined stickleback was in 1769

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“Three-spined stickleback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-spined%20stickleback. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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