1. Any substance, especially. Food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.

2. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.

3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.

4. A light or hasty luncheon.

<zoology> Bait bug, a crustacean of the genus Hippa found burrowing in sandy beaches. See Anomura.

Origin: Icel. Beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS. Bat food, Sw. Bete. See Bait.

(01 Mar 1998)