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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puffer \Puff"er\, n.
   1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant
      commendation.
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   2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold
      at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. --Bouvier.
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   3. (Zool.)
      (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the
          species of Tetrodon and Diodon of the family
          Tetraodontidae; -- called also blower,
          puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. They are
          highly poisonous due to the presence of glands
          containing a potent toxin, tetrodotoxin.
          Nevertheless they are eaten as a delicacy in Japan,
          being prepared by specially licensed chefs who remove
          the poison glands.
      (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise.
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   4. (Dyeing) A kier.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blower \Blow"er\, n.
   1. One who, or that which, blows.
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   2. (Mech.) A device for producing a current of air; as:
      (a) A metal plate temporarily placed before the upper part
          of a grate or open fire.
      (b) A machine for producing an artificial blast or current
          of air by pressure, as for increasing the draft of a
          furnace, ventilating a building or shaft, cleansing
          gram, etc.
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   3. A blowing out or excessive discharge of gas from a hole or
      fissure in a mine.
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   4. The whale; -- so called by seamen, from the circumstance
      of its spouting up a column of water.
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   5. (Zool.) A small fish of the Atlantic coast ({Tetrodon
      turgidus}); the puffer.
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   6. A braggart, or loud talker. [Slang] --Bartlett.
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