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Bloater

Bloater can refer to:

  • Bloater (herring), a term for herring that is smoked whole;
    • The Yarmouth Bloaters, a defunct motorcycle team named for the herring;
  • Coregonus hoyi, a freshwater whitefish from the Great Lakes;
    • Several related species of cisco from the Great Lakes, such as the kiyi

Bloater (herring)

Bloaters are a type of whole cold- smoked herring. Bloaters are "salted and lightly smoked without gutting, giving a characteristic slightly gamey flavour" and are particularly associated with Great Yarmouth, England. Popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the food is now described as rare. Bloaters are sometimes called Yarmouth bloater, or, jokingly, as a Yarmouth capon, two-eyed steak, or Billingsgate pheasant (after the Billingsgate Fish Market in London).

Bloaters are distinct from kippers in that bloaters are cured whole herring, while kippers are split smoked herring. Additionally, while the bloater is associated with England, kippers are associated with Scotland and the Isle of Man (the Manx kipper). Bloaters are "salted less and smoked for a shorter time" while kippers are "lightly salted and smoked overnight"; both dishes are referred to as red herring. According to George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier, "The Emperor Charles V is said to have erected a statue to the inventor of bloaters." They are given the name "bloater" since they are swelled, or "bloated" in preparation.

Wiktionary

bloater

n. 1 (context British English) A salted, and lightly smoked herring or mackerel. 2 (context North America English) A freshwater fish native to the Great Lakes; the species (taxlink Coregonus hoyi species noshow=1).

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bloater

Bloater \Bloat"er\ (-[~e]r), n. [See Bloat, Blote.] The common herring, esp. when of large size, smoked, and half dried; -- called also bloat herring.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

bloater

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Now, at forty-three, he had to be content with cardboard bloaters!
▪ We cured all our bloaters and our kippers, at one time.
WordNet

bloater

n. large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked

Usage examples of "bloater".

The stronger mind had its way, as usual, and the next day the skipper, coming quietly on deck, was just in time to see Joe Bates throw down a fine fat bloater in front of the now amiable Rupert.

Stallard, irritated, for a bloater must be eaten hot, in his opinion, or not at all.

Fagging was not part of the official system at Spey, and he did not want the trouble of cooking another bloater if this one grew cold and, in his view, inedible.

But in few cases can we get at our permanent liking without at least as much experience as a fishmonger must have had before he can choose at once the best bloater out of twenty which, to inexperienced eyes, seem one as good as the other.

Sir Moses came with eyes of flame, Judd, who is like a bloater, The brave Lord Mayor in coach and pair, King Edward, in his motor.

Mr Ibbs cooks bloaters, while his sister screams, while Gentleman coughs in his bed, while Mrs Sucksby turns in hers, and snores, and sighs.

Mr Ibbs cooks bloaters, while his sister screams, while Gentleman coughs in his bed, while Mrs Sucksby turns in hers, and snores, and sighs.

There was a smear of bloater paste, once, that fetched me from the Malay Peninsula via Chicago to a very wild bit of Devonshire.

The tattoos which he had applied during his infiltration of the Bloater Skyjacks were gone now, but there were fine whitish trails where they had been, despite the patient ministrations which had been visited upon him in reefersleep.

One of Tippoo's favourite appetizers was a particularly virulent bloater paste, packed in half-pound tins.

Jordan had supervised the preparation of a gargantuan q English breakfast, fresh eggs and grilled gammon, salted kippers and tinned pork sausage, potted shrimps and bloater paste, with freshly-chumed yellow butter and hot scones.