Whitebait meaning

wītbāt, hwīt-
The young of various fishes, especially the herring, considered a delicacy when fried.
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Any of the fry of various silvery fishes used as food, as herring fry.
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A smelt fish (Allosmerus elongatus) of the Pacific.
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The young of various species of fish, especially herrings, sprats or smelts, served deep fried as a starter or snack.
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Origin of whitebait