from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sailors' dish made of salt meat, vegetables, and dumplings baked with a crust.
  • noun The oyster-catcher or sea-magpie: so called from the pied coloration. Also sea-pye, sea-piet, sea-pilot.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing representing a bird with the back and wings dark-brown, neck and breast white, and head red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The oystercatcher.
  • noun A pie made of meat and vegetables baked in a pan over the fire, with a pastry crust, or in layers between crusts, the number of which denominate it a two or three decker.


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  • Lobscous, sea-pie, and other delicacies of a naval description, had been provided in a quantity far disproportionate to the number of the guests.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • The third service was made up of a loin of fresh pork, with apple-sauce, a kid smothered with onions, and a terrapin baked in the shell; and last of all, a prodigious sea-pie was presented, with an infinite volume of pancakes and fritters.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The natives use it as a seasoning in their cookery, stuffing fish and plantains with it and so on, using it also in the preparation of a sort of sea-pie they make with meat and fish.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Portions of the animal, however, would appear a few hours afterwards in the shape of a luscious sea-pie for the sailors, and in various inviting shapes during the following week to the inmates of the cabin.

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • Yet these prophecies were disregarded, and notwithstanding their solemn murmuring and ominous shakings of the head, the sport was continued; and many a wondering albatross was bitten, when he took a bite at the treacherous pork; until one day, after numbers had been taken, one of the messes determined to have a sea-pie, of which the body of one of these birds should be the component part.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • The air is filled with a smell of salt sea-water and warm, wet beach-waste, and the sea-pie, see-sawing about on a big stone in the water, lifts his red beak cheerily sunwards and pipes: "Kluip, kluip! the spring has come!"

    The Great Hunger

  • Cement, exuded from the cracks, imparted to the hairy faces of honest seamen a ghastly appearance sadly out of keeping with their characters, and even took its place, disguised as thickening, among the multiple ingredients of a sea-pie that was cooking for dinner.

    The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant

  • I told 'im as' e was goin 'ashore as there was sea-pie for dinner, and

    The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant

  • At dinner time he was invited into the galley and regaled with a sea-pie until he was scarcely able to hail "Allons" to the driver of the horse on the dock, when he resumed work in the afternoon.

    The Story of Paul Boyton Voyages on All the Great Rivers of the World

  • But the lark is really the silliest creature, to sing on without ceasing the livelong day, and the sea-pie has come, and stands bobbing upon the same stone as last year, and the wild-goose and the water-wagtail.

    Norse Tales and Sketches


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