Definition of sparling in English:


Syllabification: spar·ling
Pronunciation: /ˈspärliNG


  • An edible European smelt (fish) that migrates into fresh water to spawn.
    • Osmerus eperlanus, family Osmeridae
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    • The people cast out their nets and caught a marvellous catch of sparlings and thus the famine ended.


Middle English: shortening of Old French esperlinge, of Germanic origin.

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