- the European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus.
Origin of sparling
1275–1325; Middle English sperlynge < Old French esperlinge < Germanic; compare German Spierling
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Examples from the Web for sparling
Shall I give him one over the head, for his cheek, Mr. Sparling?Nell, of Shorne Mills
All dinner the harper belonging to Captain Sparling played to the Dukes.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
But Mrs. Sparling, in her frenzy and her ignorance, took it for truth.
That Mrs. Sparling's crime was not so hideous as some of us supposed?
And I shouldn't wonder if they have a letter--from Sparling.
- the European smeltSee smelt 2
- a young herring
C14 sperlynge, from Old French esperling, from Middle Dutch spierlinc, from spier young shoot
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