- that has recently spawned and so become of inferior food value: said of fish
- Archaic undesirable
Origin of shottenin specialized sense (esp. applied to herrings), probably influenced, influence by Dutch schoten
Having recently spawned and thus being less desirable as food. Used of fish, especially herring.
Origin of shottenMiddle English shoten, past participle of shoten, to shoot; see shoot.
- (archaic) Past participle of shoot