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sparling

[spahr-ling] /ˈspɑr lɪŋ/
noun, plural sparlings (especially collectively) sparling.
1.
the European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English sperlynge < Old French esperlinge < Germanic; compare German Spierling
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sparling

/ˈspɑːlɪŋ/
noun (pl) -lings, -ling
1.
the European smelt See smelt2
2.
a young herring
Word Origin
C14 sperlynge, from Old French esperling, from Middle Dutch spierlinc, from spier young shoot
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