ballicatter n, usu pl. Variants chronologically arranged: ballicadoes,
ballacarda, ballicater, balacadas, batlicaders, belly-carders, ballicatters,
ballycatters, belly-catter, batlycadders, ballacarters, ballycater, ballaclauters,
ballacaters, ballacatters, ballacader; [phonetics unavailable]. Note: Besides
the printed forms noted above, there are manifold variants reported as single words, out
of context, so that the usage actually employed by informants is often difficult to
ascertain. A selection of these forms is as follows: ballacattle, ballicabber,
ballicanter, balliclamper, belliclumper [see CLUMPER], balliclatter, ballicutter,
billicatter, cattibatter. DC ballacater Nfld (1906-). See also BARRICADO,
BARRICADE v, the prob source for the variants above.
formed by the action in winter of spray and waves along the shore-line, making a fringe
or band on the landward side.
1863 MORETON 29 Ballicadoes,
Barricades. The banks of ice which form upon all water-washed rocks and shores in winter.
1896 J A Folklore ix, 36 Ballacardaice along the foot of a cliff touching
the water. [c1900] 1978 RLS 8, p. 24 Ballicadreice formed along the fringe
of the shore, or piled along the sides of a vessel.  1972 GORDON 59 Such
ice-ledges, of which there are several around this district, are known by the people as
'Ballicatters,' which I imagine is a corrupted form of Barricades. The name applies also
to the ice-fringe that remains glued to the edge of the shore when the bay ice breaks up
and clears out to sea. 1955 ENGLISH 32 Ballycaterice formed by spray on the shore.
T 75/6-64 He landed him on Fogo Head, landed him on the ballacarter there. P 130-67
Bellycadder. A heavy shelf of ice along the shore caused by the rising and falling of the
tide. 1971 NOSEWORTHY 170 Ballycatters or bellycatters. Ice on shore and rocks from waves
and salt spray. C 71-129 Ballycarter. Ice around the shore-line. Usually it refers to ice
around wharfs, stages and ballast beds. The ballycarter remains around the shore-line
after the harbour or cove is ice-free in the spring. I also heard it used to describe
[iced-up] rocks or headlands where hunters went to shoot sea birds. 1975 Evening
Telegram 21 May, p. 6 On this day we decided to stay from school because we awoke to
a silvery world of 'glitter'the trees looked like silver filigree and the sand
dunes which reached from the sea up, looked like the highway to heaven and all the beach
was one shining 'ballacader.'
2 A narrow band of ice formed
in winter in the salt water along the foreshore or 'landwash'; SHORE1: ~ ICE;
large slabs, chunks and fragments of this ice after break-up.
LUMSDEN 61 The rocks were covered with ice, and the shore was bespread with large pans of
ice, high and dry-in local phraseology, 'balacadas.' 1924 ENGLAND 96 Instinct, for these
animals [bears], seems faulty. Nature obviously does not warn them of the dangers of
venturing out beyond the 'ballycatters,' or shore ice. 1931 Am Speech vi, 290
Belly-catter. Ice barricade: i.e. rough ice in ridges along the shore. 1949 FITZGERALD 93
Ballacarters. Ice rafted up on the foreshore. P 114-66 He slipped on a ballyclamper, and
fell in the water. 1973 BARBOUR 38 Ballacattersthis is what Newfoundlanders call
the rafted pans of ice on the foreshore, unmoved by the ebb and flow of the tide.
3 A floating ice-pan.
1909 BROWNE 183
Hundreds of men were standing on the 'ballicaders' with their ropes and gaffs all in
readiness. 1961 Nfld Qtly Spring, p. 43 It is sixty years since I lugged that old
portmanteau over the ballaclauters up Clode Sound Reach and on and on. P 43-66 The boat
struck a ballycanter. C 68-4 When the ice starts to break up into pans you'll see the
youngsters 'ferrying.' Each one gets on a pan of ice (the old people call them
belly-caters). 1976 Daily News 2 Mar, p. 3 Jumpin' clumpers was another favourite
pasttime. In some places they call it copying on bellycaters.... All it means is jumping
from one ice pan to another without falling into the water.
4 Frozen moisture around the nose and mouth; cp BALLICATTER
1896 J A Folklore ix, 36 Ballacardaice about the