blower
Puffer Puff"er, n. 1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of {Tetrodon} and {Diodon} of the family {Tetraodontidae}; -- called also {blower}, {puff-fish}, {swellfish}, and {globefish}. They are highly poisonous due to the presence of glands containing a potent toxin, {tetrodotoxin}. Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan, being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove the poison glands. (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise. [1913 Webster]

4. (Dyeing) A kier. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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