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[Norwegian, alteration (influenced by brisa, to flash) of Low German bretling, from bret, broad.]
(Animals) another name for a sprat, esp a Norwegian sprat seasoned, smoked, and canned in oil
[C20: from Norwegian; related to obsolete Danish bretling, German Breitling]
n., pl. sprats, (esp. collectively) sprat for 1.
1. a herring, Clupea sprattus, of the E North Atlantic.
2. a young or small person or thing.
[1590–1600; variant of earlier sprot, Middle English, Old English, c. Middle Dutch]
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|Noun||1.||brisling - small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines|
herring - valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
|2.||brisling - small herring processed like a sardine|
sardine - any of various small edible herring or related food fishes frequently canned