|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]|
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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