Definition of sparling in English:

sparling

noun

  • An edible European smelt (fish) which migrates into fresh water to spawn.

    Osmerus eperlanus, family Osmeridae

    • ‘The people cast out their nets and caught a marvellous catch of sparlings and thus the famine ended.’

Pronunciation

sparling

/ˈspärliNG/ /ˈspɑrlɪŋ/

Origin

Middle English shortening of Old French esperlinge, of Germanic origin.