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Make or become swollen with fluid or gas.[with object] ‘the fungus has bloated their abdomens’‘she suffered from abdominal bloating’
A disease of livestock characterized by an accumulation of gas in the stomach.
- ‘Also, grazing that leaves very short stubble could lead to a greater risk of bloat if livestock are hungry when turned into the next paddock.’
- ‘However, grazing only red clover has the potential risk of bloat.’
- ‘Also, adding salt has been shown to decrease the incidence of bloat.’
- ‘When bloat occurs, the stomach can turn and block, causing a buildup of gas.’
- ‘Signs of bloat are stomach pain and futile attempts to vomit and to salivate.’
Late 17th century (in the sense cause to swell): from obsolete bloat swollen, soft perhaps from Old Norse blautr soft, flabby The noun sense dates from the late 19th century.
Cure (a herring) by salting and smoking it lightly.
- ‘I spotted a chunk of granite in the shape of a bloated herring and grabbed it too, ready to do battle with both hands.’
- ‘The latter, however, are very agreeable and good for making pickled or bloated herring.’
Late 16th century: related to the adjective bloat used in the compound bloat herring bloater from the late 16th to mid 17th century; of obscure origin.
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