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whitebait

[hwahyt-beyt, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌbeɪt, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, plural whitebait.
1.
a young sprat or herring.
2.
Cookery. any small, delicate fish cooked whole without being cleaned, especially the sprat.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; white + bait, so called from use as bait
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British Dictionary definitions for whitebait

whitebait

/ˈwaɪtˌbeɪt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: from its formerly having been used as bait
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Encyclopedia Article for whitebait

silversides

any of several species of small, slim schooling fish of the family Atherinidae (order Atheriniformes), found in freshwater and along coasts around the world in warm and temperate regions

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