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

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

3. (Science: zoology) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of tetrodon and diodon; called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. The common, or harbor, porpoise.

4. A kier.

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... cool thing was it would blow up into a ball when it was disturbed (and sometimes for no apparent reason). It would do this really fast, like a puffer fish. Anyone have any idea what this is? Pete

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