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Dictionary Definition

sprat

Noun

1 small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines [syn: brisling]
2 small herring processed like a sardine [syn: brisling, Clupea sprattus]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /spɹæt/ /spr

Extensive Definition

Sprattus is a Genus of small oily fish of the Family Clupeidae. They are commonly fried and eaten in British cuisinehttp://thefoody.com/mrsbfish/sprats.html.

Species

References

  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
sprat in Welsh: Corbennog
sprat in German: Sprotten
sprat in Russian: Шпроты (рыба)
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