Sprat n. Zool. (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.
Sprat borer Zool., the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See Diver.
Sprat loon. Zool. (a) The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The red-throated diver. See Diver.
Sprat mew Zool., the kittiwake gull.
n 1: small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like
sardines [syn: brisling]
2: small herring processed like a sardine [syn: brisling, Clupea