The Watcher all but spat the words.
Taran all but spat the words.
"Lover's spat," the Other said with a smile.
Nine times with averted glance he spat a black bean out of his mouth and cried: "With these I redeem me and mine."
The mass of ova thus contained in the oyster is spoken of by oyster fishers as "white spat," and an oyster containing them is said to be "sick."
At the end of a fortnight the white spat has become darkcoloured from the appearance of coloured patches in the developing embryos.
It is the opinion of almost all who have studied the subject that any natural bed may in time be destroyed by overfishing (perhaps not by removing all the oysters, but by breaking up the colonies, and delivering over the territory which they once occupied to other kinds of animals), by burying the breeding oysters, by covering up the projections suitable for the reception of spat, and by breaking down, through the action of heavy dredges, the ridges which are especially fitted to be seats of the colonies.'
Huxley's conclusions as regards the future of the oyster industry in Great Britain are doubtless just as applicable to other countries - that the only hope for the oyster consumer lies in the encouragement of oyster-culture, and in the development of some means of breeding oysters under such conditions that the spat shall be safely deposited.
The collection of oyster spat upon artificial stools has been practised from time immemorial.
Birch trees are thrown into the water near a natural bed of oysters, and the trunks and twigs become covered with spat; the trees are then dragged out upon the shore by oxen, and the young fry are broken off and laid down in the shallows to increase in size.
The natural beds from which the supply of spat is derived are reserved, but apparently are insufficiently protected, so that much poaching goes on.
The reasons for this are that the fall of spat is not usually very abundant, and the kind of labour required cannot be obtained at a sufficiently cheap rate.
Just before the close season the young oysters and all the rest that remain are scattered over the beds again, with quantities of cultch, and in many cases the fishery is maintained by the local fall of spat, without importation.
In length, which size is attained in three years after the spat or young mussel has fixed itself.
Martha spat with a viciousness that shocked Dean as much as the officer.
Not to interrupt this lover's spat, but I could use a glass of wine.
Before Connor had spat out the itch in bitch, Jackson was across the room and had picked him up by the throat.
Elisabeth shook her as she spat, "You better put a leash on this one."
The guard beside Allin nearly spat the words.
The weapons are the spat ha, or double-bladed German sword, the sax (a short sword, or long knife, semispathium), the knife, shield, and the favorite German axe, though this latter is not found in Bavaria.
In an oyster containing white spat microscopic examination of the genital organs shows nothing but a few unexpel]ed ova.
But if it is possible to procure a supply of spat from the American oyster by keeping the swarms of larvae in confinement, it ought to be possible in the case of the European oyster.
All that would be necessary would be to take a number of mature oysters containing white spat and lay them down in tanks till the larvae escape.
This would be merely carrying oyster culture a step farther back, and instead of collecting the newly fixed oysters, to obtain the free larvae in numbers and so insure a fall of spat independently of the uncertainty of natural conditions.
It is probable that 60 to 75% are reared from the spat in artificial parks, the remainder having been laid down for a time to increase in size and flavour in shoal waters along the coasts.
These beds supply spat for the private cultivators.
The latter collect the spat on tiles: these are made of earthenware and concave on one side.
A breeding stock is maintained to supply the ground, or the "collectors," with spat, and the latter, when sufficiently grown, is then transplanted to the most favourable feeding-grounds, care being taken to avoid the local over-crowding which is so commonly observed among shell-fish under natural conditions.
The countess, with a cheerful expression on her face, looked down at her nails and spat a little for luck as she returned to the drawing room.
"You are sworn –" "No time for a lovers' spat," Rhyn interrupted.
He spat a stream of brown fluid at the ground and grinned at her.
She spat the words.