white bait


[hwahyt-beyt, wahyt-]
noun, plural whitebait.
a young sprat or herring.
Cookery. any small, delicate fish cooked whole without being cleaned, especially the sprat.

1750–60; white + bait, so called from use as bait

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To white bait
World English Dictionary
whitebait (ˈwaɪtˌbeɪt)
1.  the young of herrings, sprats, etc, cooked and eaten whole as a delicacy
2.  any of various small silvery fishes, such as Galaxias attenuatus of Australia and New Zealand and Allosmerus elongatus of North American coastal regions of the Pacific
[C18: from its formerly having been used as bait]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature