Sand smelt
Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most important species are the European smelt ({Osmerus eperlans}) (called also {eperlan}, {sparling}, and {spirling}), the Eastern American smelt ({O. mordax}), the California smelt ({O. thalichthys}), and the surf smelt ({Hypomesus olidus}). The name is loosely applied to various other small fishes, as the lant, the California tomcod, the spawn eater, the silverside. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A gull; a simpleton. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{Sand smelt} (Zo["o]l.), the silverside. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sand smelt — Sand Sand, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.] 1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sand smelt — Atherine Ath er*ine, n. [NL. atherina, fr. Gr. ? a kind of smelt.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small marine fish of the family {Atherinid[ae]}, having a silvery stripe along the sides. The European species ({Atherina presbyter}) is used as food. The American… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sand smelt — mažapelekė stintenėlė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Spirinchus starksi angl. night fish; night smelt; sand smelt rus. короткопёрый спиринх ryšiai: platesnis terminas – stintenėlės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sand smelt — Silversides Sil ver*sides , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of small fishes of the family {Atherinid[ae]}, having a silvery stripe along each side of the body. The common species of the American coast ({Menidia notata}) is very abundant …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sand smelt — paprastoji aterina statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Atherina mochon angl. atherine; sand smelt; silverside rus. обыкновенная атерина; обыкновенная атеринка ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sand smelt — europinė aterina statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Atherina presbyter angl. priest; sand smelt rus. западноевропейская атерина ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios aterinos …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sand smelt — noun : silversides 1 * * * sand smelt, a silversides, especially a common British species …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mediterranean sand smelt — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Boyer’s sand smelt — kaspijinė aterina statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Atherina boyeri angl. Boyer’s sand smelt rus. южноевропейская атерина ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios aterinos …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Mediterranean sand smelt — atlantinė aterina statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Atherina hepsetus angl. Mediterranean sand smelt rus. атлантическая атерина; короткорылая атерина ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios aterinos …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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