• WordNet 3.6
    • n bloater large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bloater The common herring, esp. when of large size, smoked, and half dried; -- called also bloat herring.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bloater An English name for a herring which has been steeped for a short time, slightly salted, and partially smoke-dried, but not split open.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bloater a herring partially dried in smoke, esp. at Yarmouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bloat Blote
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., as in Sw. blöt, soft.


In literature:

But he had not yet done with the Bloater.
"Life in the Red Brigade" by R.M. Ballantyne
The bloaters were extracted at night and handed over to the recognized authority.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
The bloater was left to waste its sweetness on the morning air.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
The first are called red-herrings, and the latter are known as bloaters.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
A red herring; a bloater.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
So he made a desperate bid for bed, and replied 'Bloaters.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Such curds are known as "floaters" or "bloaters.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
She was quite ready to light her own fire and broil her own bloater after the day's tramp.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
A lady whose hand smells of bloaters is not, I hope, too ideal; I hope you will see now that I am not imaginative, or given to the heroinesque.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
You could have got with a darn bloater like Dick Horseley, and he'd have worked your ruin.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow

In poetry:

Sir Moses came with eyes of flame,
Judd, who is like a bloater,
The brave Lord Mayor in coach and pair,
King Edward, in his motor.
"The Ballad of Hampstead Heath" by James Elroy Flecker
But tho’ he drank nothing but paraffin oil
He didn’t improve one iota
While at breakfast he sat in the Hotel de Chat
He gambled the roe of his bloater.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett