whitebait


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white·bait

 (wīt′bāt′, hwīt′-)
n.
The young of various fishes, especially the herring, considered a delicacy when fried.

whitebait

(ˈwaɪtˌbeɪt)
n
1. (Cookery) the young of herrings, sprats, etc, cooked and eaten whole as a delicacy
2. (Animals) any of various small silvery fishes, such as Galaxias attenuatus of Australia and New Zealand and Allosmerus elongatus of North American coastal regions of the Pacific
[C18: from its formerly having been used as bait]

white•bait

(ˈʰwaɪtˌbeɪt, ˈwaɪt-)

n., pl. -bait.
1. a young sprat or herring.
2. a small delicate fish cooked whole without being cleaned.
[1750–60; so called from use as bait]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whitebait - minnows or other small fresh- or saltwater fish (especially herring)whitebait - minnows or other small fresh- or saltwater fish (especially herring); usually cooked whole
herring - valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
2.whitebait - the edible young of especially herrings and sprats and smeltswhitebait - the edible young of especially herrings and sprats and smelts
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
young fish - a fish that is young
Translations

whitebait

[ˈwaɪtbeɪt] Nmorralla f, pescadito m frito

whitebait

hwaɪtbeɪt] nblanchaille f

whitebait

[ˈwaɪtˌbeɪt] nbianchetti mpl
References in classic literature ?
At one of the central tables a very stumpy little priest sat in complete solitude, and applied himself to a pile of whitebait with the gravest sort of enjoyment.
Father Brown seemed to cogitate; he lifted a little whitebait on his fork.
I felt I wanted whitebait and a cutlet; Harris babbled of soles and white-sauce, and passed the remains of his pie to Montmorency, who declined it, and, apparently insulted by the offer, went and sat over at the other end of the boat by himself.
Specimens of all the fishes that swim in the sea, surely had swum their way to it, and if samples of the fishes of divers colours that made a speech in the Arabian Nights (quite a ministerial explanation in respect of cloudiness), and then jumped out of the frying-pan, were not to be recognized, it was only because they had all become of one hue by being cooked in batter among the whitebait. And the dishes being seasoned with Bliss-- an article which they are sometimes out of, at Greenwich--were of perfect flavour, and the golden drinks had been bottled in the golden age and hoarding up their sparkles ever since.
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Potatoes with onion and pepper, chicken wings, cheese-stuffed jalepenos and fried whitebait.
Eel, grey mullet, ling, Greenland halibut, mackerel, marlin, bluefin tuna, langoustine, plaice, shark, common skate, sole, sturgeon, swordfish, whitebait
A delicious aperitivo, this wine's delightful mineral freshness and zesty lemon and tropical fruit flavours area breezy reminder that spring's just around the corner, and cries out for whitebait and aioli, but fishcakes and a green salad will do nicely.
If you really want to light a scamp's fire, drop a live pilchard (whitebait) and hang on.
I went for the whitebait with gooseberry relish from the British menu.
The All Blacks have called up Bath's new recruit Stephen Donald, who was out fishing for whitebait when he received the call, and wing Hosea Gear.
Much is made on the menu of the use of local produce, but I'm not quite sure where the whitebait I chose for starters would have been sourced.