The Father Lasher, p.236.

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   IT would be a comfort for the writer upon natural history to be able to give a rational and satisfactory etymology of all names; but this is, in many circumstances, utterly impossible. The whimsical denomination of Father Lasher given to this fish cannot be easily accounted for, unless we take a particular notice of the quick and repeated lashings of his tail when he is caught and thrown upon the sand. 

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