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spat

1. a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
2. such oysters or other molluscs collectively

spat

A protective covering (usually stainless steel) at the bottom of a doorframe to prevent or minimize damage in this area.
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The current study evaluated the effects of environmental factors in the hatchery on the growth performance of pearl oyster spat to improve seed production by optimizing rearing conditions.
However the magistrates told her they believed she had deliberately spat on her parents during a heated and abusive argument about their estate.
It seems railway officers are spat upon so often they have a kit specially designed to get rid of the spit when it happens," said David Mainstone, prosecuting.
The Tigers boss said: "I was there and I witnessed it, he spat at my assistant manager down the tunnel.
And this might explain the adage that husbands never remember marital spats and wives never forget.
Last week, during class, the teacher involved left the class for several minutes during which time the student spat into her tea.
I have watched a few police programmes, it's disgusting how many police officers are spat at, they should be protected
TV SPAT Marouane Fellaini appears to spit at Sergio Aguero
A FARE dodger who spat at a bus inspector was caught by DNA, captured using an on-board 'spit kit'.
Referee Lee Probert took no action but Stearman confirmed that Alcaraz had spat in his direction after it was initially thought it was aimed at Christophe Berra.
Predation of juvenile Crassostrea virginica (spat) by mud crabs could be one of the major contributors to early juvenile spat mortality, hindering natural recruitment and restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.