Definition of Thornback

1. n. A European skate (Raia clavata) having thornlike spines on its back.



Definition of Thornback

1. Noun. The thornback guitarfish (''Platyrhinoidis triseriata''), a species of ray in the north-eastern Pacific Ocean. ¹

2. Noun. The thornback ray or thornback skate (''Raja clavata''), a species of ray in the Atlantic Ocean. ¹

3. Noun. The thornback skate (''Dentiraja lemprieri''), a fish endemic to Australia. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thornback

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Medical Definition of Thornback

1. 1. A European skate (Raia clavata) having thornlike spines on its back. 2. The large European spider crab or king crab (Maia squinado). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Thornback

thorites
thorium
thorium-228
thorium compounds
thorium dioxide
thoriums
thorn
thorn-headed
thorn apple
thorn apple crystals
thorn in someone's side
thorn in the flesh
thornapple
thornapples
thornasite
thornback (current term)
thornbacks
thornbill
thornbills
thornbird
thornbirds
thornbushes
thornbut
thorned
thornen
thornfish
thornfishes
thornhog

Literary usage of Thornback

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Shadow and Substance by Robert Barnabas Brough, Charles H. Bennett, . (1860)
"We are certain that Mr. thornback will resent the proceeding as a liberty; and our only valid excuse for attempting anything of the kind is the firm ..."

2. A Treatise of All Sorts of Foods: Both Animal and Vegetable: Also of by Louis Lémery (1745)
"Of the thornback or RAY. ... and you, muft let. them lie for fome Time before they are eaten. The thornback is ... The thornback is naturally ..."

3. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"thornback and: Skate Should be hung one day at least before they are dressed; and may be served either boiled, or fried in crums, being first dipped in egg. ..."

4. Songs and Ballads of Greater Britain by Edmund Arthur Helps (1913)
"LITTLE thornback AMID the wind and spindrift on that historic day, Beneath the Blaauwberg Mountains the stricken Haarlem lay; Was ever gale so fraught with ..."

5. The animal creation: A Popular Introduction to Zoology by Thomas Rymer Jones (1865)
"The Skates (Raid) form a large tribe, of which the common thornback is a familiar ... thornback. Fishes of this family are recognisable by their body being ..."

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