bloat herring
Bloater Bloat"er (-[~e]r), n. [See {Bloat}, {Blote}.] The common herring, esp. when of large size, smoked, and half dried; -- called also {bloat herring}. [1913 Webster]

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  • bloat herring — bloater (1) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bloat — bloat1 verb cause to swell with fluid or gas. noun a disease of livestock characterized by an accumulation of gas in the stomach. Origin C17: from obs. bloat swollen, soft , perh. from ON blautr soft, flabby . bloat2 verb cure (a herring) by… …   English new terms dictionary

  • bloat — [13] Bloat has a confused and uncertain history. It seems first to have appeared on the scene in the 13th century as an adjective, blout, meaning ‘soft, flabby’, a probable borrowing from Old Norse blautr ‘soft from being cooked 65 bluestocking… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bloat — [13] Bloat has a confused and uncertain history. It seems first to have appeared on the scene in the 13th century as an adjective, blout, meaning ‘soft, flabby’, a probable borrowing from Old Norse blautr ‘soft from being cooked with liquid’.… …   Word origins

  • bloat — bloat1 [blōt] adj. [ME blout, soft < ON blautr; ult. < IE base * bhel , to swell: see BALL1] swollen or distended; puffed up vt., vi. 1. to swell, as with water or air 2. to puff up, as with pride n. ☆ 1. a person or thing th …   English World dictionary

  • bloat|ed — «BLOH tihd», adjective. 1. swollen and puffy: »the bloated face of a rubber doll. 2. Figurative. pampered; puffed up. 3. Figurative. inflated; too great: »…put an end to these bloated armaments (Benjamin Disraeli) …   Useful english dictionary

  • bloat|er — «BLOH tuhr», noun. 1. a herring preserved by slightly salting and partially smoking, softer and less dry than a kipper. 2. a small cisco of the Great Lakes …   Useful english dictionary

  • bloat — v. 1 tr. & intr. inflate, swell (wind bloated the sheets; bloated with gas). 2 tr. (as bloated adj.) a swollen, puffed. b puffed up with pride or excessive wealth (bloated plutocrat). 3 tr. cure (a herring) by salting and smoking lightly.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bloater — Bloat er ( [ e]r), n. [See {Bloat}, {Blote}.] The common herring, esp. when of large size, smoked, and half dried; called also {bloat herring}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bloater — bloat•er [[t]ˈbloʊ tər[/t]] n. 1) a herring or mackerel cured by being salted and briefly smoked and dried 2) ich a freshwater cisco, Coregonus hoyi, found in the Great Lakes • Etymology: 1825–35; bloat (adj.) (see bloat) + er I …   From formal English to slang

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