Having recently spawned and thus being less desirable as food. Used of fish, especially herring.
[Middle English shoten, past participle of shoten, to shoot; see shoot.]
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1. (Zoology) (of fish, esp herring) having recently spawned
2. archaic worthless or undesirable
[C15: from obsolete past participle of shoot]
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(of fish, esp. herring) having recently ejected the spawn.
[1175–1225; Middle English, past participle of shoot1]
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