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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SPRIKLYBAG, n. Also sprickly-beg, and reduced form sprickelly. The stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus (Uls. 1953 Traynor, sprickly-beg).Ayr. 1838 J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers 13:
Fishin' sprikly-bags i' the bog-holes.
Uls. 1900 T. Given Poems 152:
Thick alang it as sprickellys in a shouch.

[From prickly, with prothetic s, + bag, back.]

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