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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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margaritifera spat began to show mass mortality in the pearl farm, the spat group reared there (possibly infected with a contagious factor), and the group reared in the laboratory (unlikely to be infected) were transferred into the same aquarium (10-60 individuals [group.sup.-1] [aquarium.sup.-1]).
The use of a primary nursery system is to ensure maximum growth and survival, but high mortalities of spat transferred from the hatchery to the sea are experienced (Bourne & Hodgson 1991, Grecian et al.
In these countries, hatchery-reared spat are now used for commercial pearl production.
Table 2 shows the mean shell length of spat fed with different microalga species during the 30-day period.
But his most serious accusation came when he insisted Fabregas, who was injured and not playing, spat at Horton, just after Wenger had stormed down the tunnel without shaking hands with his counterpart.
He insisted: "I absolutely and categorically deny I spat at anyone and I cannot understand why Hull are making these accusations against me.
The organisation carried out a poll of nearly 300 soccer fans from 19 clubs around England and found they were overwhelmingly upset by the incident in which Bolton's ex-Liverpool FC striker, El-Hadji Diouf, spat at Portsmouth's Arjan de Zeeuw.
"He spat in my direction," Hewitt said after wrapping up a 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-4 win.
Hewitt confirmed Chela had spat towards him but said he would not be taking the matter further.
A Petah Tikvah junior high school teacher has come up with a unique way to punish a student who spat into her cup of tea during class.
He wrote: "It is vile but let me assure you now -- I would have preferred Lucas Neill to have spat at me the day he broke my leg in September 2003.
Colin Petchey: "Fully support this, coppers being spat at is vile."