nounpl. -·ling or -·lings
Origin of sparlingMiddle English sperlynge from Middle French esperlinge from Middle Dutch spirlinc, origin, originally diminutive of sp?r, a small point, grass shoot: see spire
Origin of sparlingMiddle English sperlinge from Old French esperlinge of Germanic origin Middle Dutch spierlinc
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Akin to German Spierling, Spiering.