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snapper (plural snappers)

  1. One who, or that which, snaps.
    a snapper-up of trifles
    the snapper of a whip
  2. Any of approximately 100 different species of fish.
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) The fish Chrysophrys auratus, especially an adult of the species; the young are called cockney, then red bream, then squire, before reaching adulthood. [1][2]
    2. (US) Any of the family Lutjanidae of percoid fishes, especially the red snapper.
  3. (Ireland, slang) A (human) baby.
    1990, Roddy Doyle, The Snapper.
  4. (American football) The player who snaps the ball to start the play.
  5. (US) Small, paper-wrapped item containing a minute quantity of explosive composition coated on small bits of sand, which explodes noisily when thrown onto a hard surface.
  6. (slang) One who takes snaps; a photographer.
  7. (US, informal) The snapping turtle.
  8. The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
  9. A snap beetle.

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  1. ^ 1990, Richard Allan, Australian Fish and How to Catch Them, ISBN 1-86302-674-6, page 309.
  2. ^ “Snapper”, entry in 1966, An Encyclopedia of New Zealand.