whitebait

noun
white·​bait | \ˈhwīt-ˌbāt, ˈwīt-\

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whitebait

: young fish that can be eaten whole

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