spat

(redirected from spates)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

spat

juvenile aquatic shellfish, especially oysters ready for settlement on solid surfaces—'spat fall'.
References in periodicals archive ?
The spates underline the need for rivers that don't have hatcheries to build them - and for those that do to increase production to cater for these abnormalities.
The impacts of spates on macroinvertebrate communities are usually negative.
TARGETED police patrols are taking place in the Midlands after a spate of metal thefts.
Mr Osborne said later the Tories were looking at changes to employment laws before the current spate of industrial unrest.
Whatever the exact circumstances, police located the two robbers nearby, behind Spates' house where Spates was attempting to render first aid to the injured Jamison.
The advice follows a spate of cold calls from companies pressure selling security alarm systems in the south of the county.
ABOUT THE TRAINER: Johanna Spates is a fitness specialist who works at 360 Health Club in Reseda, where she trains privately and teaches group exercise classes.
Nurse Spates, a lieutenant, works in the field hospital and treats prisoners every day.
3 in your Oregon program is defensive back Demetrius Spates, from Oceanside, Calif.