Definition of whitebait in English:


Syllabification: white·bait
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wītˌbāt


  • The small silvery-white young of herrings, sprats, and similar marine fish, eaten in numbers as food.
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    • ‘Wild puffins normally eat live whitebait, sprats and sand eels which they dive in the sea for,’ said Mrs Platts.
    • In Dorset, mackerel usually arrive in June, as they chase the sand eels and whitebait inshore, sometimes chasing them right up onto the beach.
    • It's illegal in New Zealand to sell any native fish without a permit - apart from whitebait.

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