shotten


shotten

adjective

  1. (of fish, especially herring) having recently ejected the spawn.
  2. Obsolete. (of a bone) dislocated.

adjective

  1. (of fish, esp herring) having recently spawned
  2. archaic worthless or undesirable
adj.

“having shot its spawn,” and accordingly of inferior value, mid-15c., past participle adjective from shoot (v.). Originally of fish; applied to persons, with sense of “exhausted by sickness,” from 1590s.

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