No, not the past tense of spit. And not leather boot-protectors (or whatever those things are). For something that grows up to be so wonderfully delicious, you’d think oystermen could come up with a better term for baby bivalves. 

Spat are oyster larvae less than an inch long. Awh. While they’re this tiny and therefore highly mobile in water, oyster spat search for a good place to attach themselves and hang out for the five or so years it takes to make it to the big time: a platter of crushed ice and mignonette. We love a good coming of age story.

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