a young sprat or herring.
Cooking. any small, delicate fish cooked whole without being cleaned, especially the sprat.
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How to use whitebait in a sentence
These worms were generally grilled on hot stones, and eaten several at a time like small whitebait.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
Also deviled whitebait; also shrimps of choice quality; and a platter of small soft-shell crabs of a most superior breed.Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Never mind the whitebait now, sweet'eart, when we're going to be spliced this afternoon.
Consomm and whitebait, bœuf rti and haricots vert and crme de crises succeeded one another in deepening gloom.The Palace of Darkened Windows | Mary Hastings Bradley
They also caught Margaret with a lot of other whitebait; and she was eaten by a barrister at "Claridge's."
British Dictionary definitions for whitebait
the young of herrings, sprats, etc, cooked and eaten whole as a delicacy
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
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