• WordNet 3.6
    • n puffer any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe; several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely related to spiny puffers
    • n puffer delicacy that is highly dangerous because of a potent nerve poison in ovaries and liver
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
    • Puffer (Dyeing) A kier.
    • Puffer (Zoöl) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon of the family Tetraodontidae; -- called also blower puff-fish swellfish, and globefish. They are highly poisonous due to the presence of glands containing a potent toxin, tetrodotoxin. Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan, being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove the poison glands.
    • Puffer One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder.
    • Puffer One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.
    • Puffer (Zoöl) The common, or harbor, porpoise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puffer One who puffs; one who praises with exaggerated and interested commendation.
    • n puffer One who attends a sale by auction for the purpose of raising the price and exciting the eagerness of bidders to the advantage of the seller. Also called bonnet and whitebonnet.
    • n puffer A fish that swells or puffs up; specifically, any member of either of the plectognath families Tetrodontidæ and Diodontidæ, all of whose species, some eighty in number, have the habit of inflating themselves with air which they swallow; a swell-fish or globe-fish; a blower. The common puffer or swell-fish, Sphæroides maculatus or Tetrodon turgidus, is a good example. The tambor or smooth puffer is Lagocephalvs lævigalus. The rough puffer is Chilomycterus schœpfi or geometricus. See cuts under Diodon, swell-fish, and Tetrodontidæ.
    • n puffer A porpoise or puffing-pig.
    • n puffer In weaving, a vat in which linen and cotton cloth is cleansed by boiling; a bucking-keir.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Puffer one who puffs: one who raises the prices at an auction in order to excite the eagerness of the bidders to the advantage of the seller
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. puffen, &c.


In literature:

I do not see why I should not have my puffers as well as my neighbours.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
Although Elia was an unsuccessful lottery-puffer, he always took special interest in lotteries, and was present at the drawing of many of them.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
Billie should fill his pail with pretty pebbles and take them to London in the puffer-train.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 29th, 1920" by Various
Purdham, C. W. R. 2, Osseo Puffer, H. M. 26th St. & 32nd Ave. S., Mpls.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The seven boys were together, for Tommy Puffer had gone home.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
Then, the danger removed, the puffer releases the gulped-down water and swims away.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
From the bottom, and placed centrally, rises a pipe, known as the puffer pipe; this terminates at the top in a rose arrangement.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
He had a horrible fear that he, Tommy Puffer, was going to cry.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Each girl had a large egg-shaped puffer on her own table as well.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Trigger, I suppose Mr. Puffer's account hasn't yet been settled.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In news:

Some of the airports that use or have used bomb-sensing puffer machines.
1 SL wins soggy showdown with Reeths- Puffer .
The state-ranked and unbeaten Zeeland East football team defeated Muskegon Reeths- Puffer 34-6 on Friday night.
Funeral services for Jean (Mrs. Willis) Puffer , 88, of Faribault, Minn. And formerly Spencer, will be held at 10 am Jan 9, 2012, at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault.
Robert (Bob) Allen Puffer , 79, Sierra Vista, Ariz. Died on March 13, 2011, at his home.
Robert was born Sept 4, 1931, in Minneapolis to Harold and Lillian Puffer .
TSA Scraps ' Puffer ' Screening at Airports.
Airports Won't Use ' Puffer ' Machines.
A puffer 's four teeth continue to grow throughout its life and are usually kept short by a natural diet of crustaceans and shellfish.
Filing a puffer 's teeth is easier said than done, so Cech sought some help.
20 Puffer Vests to Wear This Fall, at Every Price.
Puffer vests are back.
Whatever the case check out this amazing video and the brave and heroic diver save the life of this adorable puffer fish.
Meg Hopp is shown as Princess Puffer in Weathervane Playhouse's production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood.".
Deer, cattle , gifts, 'puffers' pose dangers.

In science:

Let us put our astronaut in a luxury puffer-class spaceship (or briefly puffer according to the researches of the game of Life).
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
Again, consider a manned puffer flying at the velocity v1 along the axis x.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
How we can grasp it? How we can interpret it? It can be recognized as a definite texture within the puffer pattern, an embryo carried by the carrier spaceship until it is pushed out as a glider of the earth reference frame.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
The virtual embryo is moving at the velocity (10) within the bosom of the carrier puffer and its embryonal motion is resulted from the interaction of cells.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
Gosper’s glider gun, puffer train, and Methuselahs are all obtained through brute-force computer experimentations.
Emergence from Symmetry: A New Type of Cellular Automata