from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small marine food fish (Clupea sprattus) of northeast Atlantic waters that is eaten fresh or smoked and is often canned in oil as a sardine. Also called brisling.
- n. Any of various other similar fishes, such as a young herring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small, herring-like, marine fish in the family Clupeidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A California surf-fish (Rhacochilus toxotes); -- called also alfione, and perch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of various species of rushes, as Juncus articulatus, etc.
- n. plural Small wood.
- n. A small clupeoid fish of European waters, Clupea (Harengula) sprattus.
- n. A name of other fishes
- To fish for sprats.
- n. A small coin.
- n. Same as thread-herring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines
- n. small herring processed like a sardine
That most extensively employed in this country is the sprat, which is occasionally caught in enormous quantities on the Norfolk coast, and used as an application for turnips.
Even Barack Obama might think that a very fat sprat to catch a rather bony mackerel.
Truth be told, everything passed me by in the 1980's because that was our three babies in four years decade and mostly I was either a beached whale or a frazzled sprat.
They save the evil gods for the DMG since no right thinking young sprat would want their PC to worship one of them, but they do list them – Asmodeus, Bane, Gruumsh, Lolth, Tiamat, Vecna, and newcomers Torog (Underdark) and Zehir (dark, poison, assassins – Pyremius and Beltar merged).
There is Princess Gloriana amid sea demigods with conch-shell trumpets and mer-people and fishes of every size from sprat to leviathan.
Lud-in-the-Mist was one of my very first fantasy books read it years ago when I was but a sprat and nothing has ever quite come up to that standard.
But ever since I was a sprat I have been given this vague half-formed yet tremendously potent feeling that rock music meant something.
I loved his robot books and Lucky Starr novels when I was a sprat but as an adult, eh.
Glissaundra is my godmother, bless her, and when I was a sprat she once gave me a jar filled with a powder that she said would restore things to their true forms.
Note the sprat demonstrating the odd gate that makes it hard to track these animals.