Origin of spratfrom Middle English sprotte from Old English sprott: for Indo-European base see sprout
any of a genus (Sprattus) of small, silvery herrings of temperate seas, esp. a European species (S. sprattus) often canned as food
- Any of various small marine food fishes of the genus Sprattus, especially S. sprattus of the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, eaten fresh or smoked and often canned as a sardine. Also called brisling .
- Any of various other fishes of the family Clupeidae, such as a young herring.
Origin of spratMiddle English sprot, spratte from Old English sprot
(plural sprat or sprats)
a variant of Old Enbglish sprott, related to German sprott and Norwegian sprot, small rod.
- The sprat, pilchard or sardine and shad are species of the same genus.
- Laristan is famous for the condiment called mahiabeh (fish-jelly), a compound of pounded small sprat-like fish, salt, mustard, nutmeg, cloves and other spices, used as a relish with nearly all foods.
- The sprat cannot be confounded with the herring, as it has no teeth on the vomer and only 47 or 48 scales in the lateral line.
- SPRAT, a marine fish (Clupea sprattus), named `` garvie " in Scotland, one of the smallest species of the genus Clupea or herrings, rarely exceeds 5 in.
- The sprat spawns in the open sea from February to May and is only occasionally captured in the ripe condition.