sparling

sparling

[spahr-ling]
noun, plural sparlings (especially collectively) sparling.
the European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English sperlynge < Old French esperlinge < Germanic; compare German Spierling

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sparling (ˈspɑːlɪŋ)
 
n , pl -lings, -ling
1.  See smelt the European smelt
2.  a young herring
 
[C14 sperlynge, from Old French esperling, from Middle Dutch spierlinc, from spier young shoot]

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