thornback

[thawrn-bak]
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noun

a skate, Raja clavata, of European waters, having short spines on the back and tail.
a California ray, Platyrhinoidis triseriatus, belonging to the guitarfish group.

Nearby words

  1. thorium series,
  2. thorn,
  3. thorn apple,
  4. thorn in one's flesh,
  5. thorn moth,
  6. thornbill,
  7. thornbush,
  8. thorndike,
  9. thorndike, dame sybil,
  10. thorndike, edward lee

Origin of thornback

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at thorn, back1

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British Dictionary definitions for thornback

thornback

noun

a European ray, Raja clavata, having a row of spines along the back and tail
a similar fish, Platyrhinoidis triseriata, of the Pacific Ocean
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