Sprat

Sprat

(sprt), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zol.) (a) A small European herring (Clupea sprattus) closely allied to the common herring and the pilchard; -- called also garvie. The name is also applied to small herring of different kinds. (b) A California surf-fish (Rhacochilus toxotes); -- called also alfione, and perch.
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Sprat borer (Zol.), the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See Diver. -- Sprat loon. (Zol.) (a) The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The red-throated diver. See Diver. -- Sprat mew (Zol.), the kittiwake gull.
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