1893 text

To bloat is to dry by smoke, a method chiefly used to cure herrings or bloaters. “I have more smoke in my mouth than would blote a hundred herrings.” — Beaumont and Fletcher, Island Princess. “Why, you stink like so many bloat-herrings newly taken out of the chimney.” — Ben Jonson, “Masque of Augurs.”

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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