Whitebait sentence example

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  • At Greenwich an annual banquet of cabinet ministers, known as the whitebait dinner, formerly took place.

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  • Formerly whitebait was supposed to be a distinct species of fish.

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  • Donovan, in his Natural History of British Fishes (1802-1808), misled by specimens sent to him as whitebait, declared it to be the young of the shad.

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  • Yarrell proved conclusively that Donovan's opinion was founded upon an error; unfortunately he contented himself with comparing whitebait with the shad only, and in the end adopted the opinion of the Thames fishermen, whose interest it was to represent it as a distinct adult form; thus the whitebait is introduced into Yarrell's History of British Fishes (1836) as Clupea alba.

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  • The Thames being unequal to the supply of the large demand for this delicacy, large quantities of whitebait are now brought to London and other markets from many parts of the coast.

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  • In times past whitebait were considered to be peculiar to the estuary of the Thames; and, even after the specific identification of Thames whitebait with the young of the herring and sprat, it was still thought that there was a distinctive superiority in its condition and flavour.

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  • It is possible that the young fish find in the estuary of the Thames a larger amount of suitable food than on other parts of the coast, where the water may be of greater purity, but possesses less abundance of the minute animal life on which whitebait thrive.

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  • Indeed, Thames whitebait which have been compared with that from the mouth of the Exe, the Cornish coast, Menai Strait, and the Firth of Forth seemed to be better fed; but, of course, the specific characteristics of the herring and sprat - into which we need not enter here - were nowise modified.

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  • Whitebait are caught on the flood-tide from boats moored in from 3 to 5 fathoms of water.

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  • The "schools" of whitebait advancing and retiring with the tide for days, and probably for weeks, have to run the gauntlet of a dozen of these nets, and therefore get very much thinned in number by the end of the season.

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  • When the view commenced to gain ground that whitebait were largely young herring, the question arose whether or not the immense destruction of the young brood caused by this mode of fishing injuriously affected the fishery of the mature herring.

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  • This perhaps it does; but, since it has been ascertained that the herring is much more restricted in its migrations than was formerly believed, and that the shoals are to a great extent local, the injury, such as it is, must be local and limited to the particular district in which the fishing for whitebait is methodically practised.

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  • The devilled whitebait, finely covered in peppered breadcrumbs with a tangy dip was both generous and addictive.

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  • To start with I chose the deliciously crispy whitebait while my boyfriend went for the equally good sardines.

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  • It became famous for political whitebait dinners for the Liberal party in Victorian times.

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  • In Greenwich, whitebait feasts at the Trafalgar Tavern and the Old Ship Tavern were popular events.

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