It is these purses, and those of the thornback and the edible skate, that we oftenest pick up on the English coast.
It is quite easy to understand why the name of thornback was given to him.
The thornback is another ugly fellow of this family, having spines on his back and a double row of them down his tail.
The thornback has two immense fins, two great wings to cleave the waves.
Many families of fish include both sea fish and fresh water fish, as for instance, the thornback.
The thornback Skate is covered with prickles (placoid scales).
The boy gave a curious half-sad smile, without turning his eyes from the thornback, and said nothing.
"Antient maides" were held in little esteem by him; not one thornback is on his list.