brit

noun (1)
\ ˈbrit How to pronounce brit (audio) \
variants: or less commonly britt

Definition of brit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: minute marine animals (such as crustaceans and pteropods) on which right whales feed

Brit

noun (2)
\ ˈbrit How to pronounce Brit (audio) \

Definition of Brit (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of Brit (Entry 3 of 3)

First Known Use of brit

Noun (1)

1851, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brit

Noun (1)

of obscure origin

Note: The word was applied earlier to the fry of herring and sprat. The attribution to Cornish brȳthel "mackerel" in Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged (1961) and American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition (2020) is improbable on both phonetic and semantic grounds. R. Morton Nance (A Glossary of Cornish Sea-Words, Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, 1963) notes that the word was initially peculiar to Cornwall and north Devon, but seemingly not of Celtic origin.

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“Brit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brit. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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