spirling
Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most important species are the European smelt ({Osmerus eperlans}) (called also {eperlan}, {sparling}, and {spirling}), the Eastern American smelt ({O. mordax}), the California smelt ({O. thalichthys}), and the surf smelt ({Hypomesus olidus}). The name is loosely applied to various other small fishes, as the lant, the California tomcod, the spawn eater, the silverside. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A gull; a simpleton. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{Sand smelt} (Zo["o]l.), the silverside. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spirling — Spirl ing, n. Sparling. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spirling — spiringue ou spirling n. m. (Belgique) Chez le porc, partie la plus proche de l épaule. Côtelettes au spiringue: côtelettes découvertes. spirling n. m. V. spiringue …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • spirling — spir·ling …   English syllables

  • spirling — ˈspərlə̇n noun Etymology: Middle English spyrlyng, from Middle Dutch spierlinc more at sparling chiefly Scotland : sparling …   Useful english dictionary

  • eperlano — (Del fr. eperlan < germ. spirling.) ► sustantivo masculino ZOOLOGÍA Pez marino, similar al salmón, que aova cerca de la desembocadura de los ríos. (Osmerus eperlanus.) * * * eperlano (del fr. «éperlan»; Osmerus eperlanus) m. *Pez teleósteo… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • eperlano — (Del fr. éperlan, y este del franco *spirling; cf. al. Spierling, neerl. spirling). m. Pez teleósteo, pariente del salmón, de unos 20 cm de largo, dorso verdoso y vientre blancuzco, con una banda plateada en los flancos y la mandíbula ligeramente …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • eperlan — Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hypomesus olidus — Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • O mordax — Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • O thalichthys — Smelt Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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