from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small marine food fishes of the genus Sprattus, especially S. sprattus of the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, eaten fresh or smoked and often canned as a sardine.
  • noun Any of various other fishes of the family Clupeidae, such as a young herring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of various species of rushes, as Juncus articulatus, etc.
  • noun plural Small wood.
  • noun A small coin.
  • noun A small clupeoid fish of European waters, Clupea (Harengula) sprattus.
  • noun A name of other fishes
  • To fish for sprats.
  • noun Same as thread-herring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A California surf-fish (Rhacochilus toxotes); -- called also alfione, and perch.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See Diver.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] The red-throated diver. See Diver.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the kittiwake gull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various small, herring-like, marine fish in the family Clupeidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines
  • noun small herring processed like a sardine


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sprot, spratte, from Old English sprot.]


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