Some brislings or sprats on a cutting board.
sprat definition by Webster's New World
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any of a genus (Sprattus) of small, silvery herrings of temperate seas, esp. a European species (S. sprattus) often canned as food
Origin: ; from Middle English sprotte ; from Old English sprott: for Indo-European base see sprout
sprat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small marine food fish (Clupea sprattus) of northeast Atlantic waters that is eaten fresh or smoked and is often canned in oil as a sardine. Also called brisling.
- Any of various other similar fishes, such as a young herring.
Origin: Middle English sprot, spratte, from Old English sprot.