Puff"er (?), n.


One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.


One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder.


3. Zool. (a)

Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon; -- called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish.

<-- (of the Tetraodontidae) 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.

4. Dyeing

A kier.


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