sprat

[sprat]
noun, plural sprats (especially collectively) sprat for 1.
1.
a species of herring, Clupea sprattus, of the eastern North Atlantic.
2.
a small or inconsequential person or thing.

Origin:
1590–1600; variant of earlier sprot, Middle English, Old English (cognate with German Sprott); apparently same word as Old English sprott sprout, twig (for the two meanings cf. sprag2); akin to Old English spryttan to sprout

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sprat (spræt)
 
n
1.  See also brisling a small marine food fish, Clupea sprattus, of the NE Atlantic Ocean and North Sea: family Clupeidae (herrings)
2.  any of various small or young herrings
 
[C16: variant of Old English sprott; related to Middle Low German sprott, Norwegian sprot small rod]

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sprat
"small European herring," 1597, variant of sprot, from O.E. sprot "a small herring," related to Du. sprot, and probably connected to sprout.
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Use water sprat, fog, or regular foam to fight large fires involving n-hexane.
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