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  1. a herring cured by being salted and briefly smoked and dried.
  2. a mackerel similarly cured.
  3. a freshwater cisco, Coregonus hoyi, found in the Great Lakes.

Origin of bloater

1825–35; bloat (adj.) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a herring, or sometimes a mackerel, that has been salted in brine, smoked, and cured
  2. British slang a fat or greedy person
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