or three-spined stick·le·back
[three-spahyn stik-uh l-bak or three-spahynd stik-uh l-bak]
a widely distributed stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, occurring in marine, brackish, or fresh waters throughout the northern hemisphere.
Origin of threespine stickleback
First recorded in 1890–95
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