The common European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus).
A European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus)
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Origin of sparling
- Middle English sperlinge from Old French esperlinge of Germanic origin Middle Dutch spierlinc
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Akin to German Spierling, Spiering.