plural sparling or sparlings
: a European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus)

Word History


Middle English sperling, from Middle French esperling, esperlan, from Middle Dutch spierlinc, from spier shoot, blade of grass + -linc -ling

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“Sparling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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