n. pl.1.Herring taken and cured or smoked near Quoddy Head, Maine, or near the entrance of Passamaquoddy Bay.
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A former "blackbirder" slave ship-turned-opium schooner, Burnham's Ibis is now transporting convicts and indentured laborers, or "quoddies" and "girmitiyas" (from girmit, a corruption of agreement), between Calcutta and the pepper island of Mauritius, before returning to join the punitive adventure to Canton.