Definition of Sprat

1. Noun. Small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines.

Exact synonyms: Brisling
Group relationships: Brisling, Clupea Sprattus
Generic synonyms: Herring



2. Noun. Small herring processed like a sardine.
Exact synonyms: Brisling, Clupea Sprattus
Group relationships: Clupea, Genus Clupea
Generic synonyms: Sardine
Terms within: Brisling

Definition of Sprat

1. 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.

Definition of Sprat

1. Noun. Any of various small, herring-like, marine fish in the family ''Clupeidae''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sprat

1. a small herring [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sprat

1. 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. A California surf-fish (Rhacochilus toxotes); called also alfione, and perch. Sprat borer, the kittiwake gull. Origin: OE. Sprot, sprotte, D. Sprot; akin to G. Sprotte. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sprat

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sprat (current term)
spratlike
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sprawl
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sprawler
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sprawliest

Literary usage of Sprat

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1. English Prose: Selections edited by Henry Craik (1908)
"AN early biographer of sprat remarks that his name deserves the first rank ... sprat is undoubtedly a versatile writer, his " relations " of matters of fact ..."

2. English Prose: Selections by Henry Craik (1894)
"AN early biographer of sprat remarks that his name deserves the first rank ... sprat is undoubtedly a versatile writer, his " relations " of matters of fact ..."

3. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell by Thomas Bayly Howell (1816)
"The Proceedings against Dr. THOMAS sprat, Bishop of ROCHESTER,* before the Lords of the Privy Council, con cerning a Plot to restore King James the Second ..."

4. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers (1850)
"DR THOMAS sprat, bishop of Rochester (1636- 1713), is praised by Dr Johnson as ... Besides the works already mentioned, sprat wrote a Life of Cowley (1668), ..."

5. Cobbett's Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High ...by William Cobbett, David Jardine by William Cobbett, David Jardine (1812)
"Although, as we have seen, sprat readily enough acted under king James's illegal ecclesiastical commission, yet, when king William, in the hope of promoting ..."

6. A History of Criticism and Literary Taste in Europe from the Earliest Texts by George Saintsbury (1902)
"sprat in the famous passage of his History of the Royal Society; ... But sprat is careful to point out that this was for the purposes of the Society —for ..."

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