whitebait

noun
white·​bait | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌbāt How to pronounce whitebait (audio) \

Definition of whitebait

1 : the young of any of several European herrings and especially of the common herring (Clupea harengus) or of the sprat (Sprattus sprattus)
2 : any of various small fishes likened to the European whitebait and used as food

First Known Use of whitebait

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whitebait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitebait. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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whitebait

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English Language Learners Definition of whitebait

: young fish that can be eaten whole

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