Origin: < ME sprotte < OE sprott: for IE base see sprout
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- 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.