Puffer

Puff"er

(?), n. 1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.
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2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. Bouvier.
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3. (Zol.) (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon of the family Tetraodontidae; -- called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. They are highly poisonous due to the presence of glands containing a potent toxin, tetrodotoxin. Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan, being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove the poison glands. (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise.
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4. (Dyeing) A kier.
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