Sprat loon
Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo["o]l.) (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}. [1913 Webster]

{Sprat borer} (Zo["o]l.), the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See {Diver}.

{Sprat loon}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The red-throated diver. See {Diver}.

{Sprat mew} (Zo["o]l.), the kittiwake gull. [1913 Webster]


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  • sprat loon — noun Etymology: sprat (II) : red throated loon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sprat — (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprat borer — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprat mew — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alfione — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clupea sprattus — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • garvie — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perch — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhacochilus toxotes — Sprat Sprat (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo[ o]l.) (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Red-throated Diver — Taxobox name = Red throated Diver status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=49671|title=Gavia stellata|downloaded=2006 05 09] image width = 240 px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata… …   Wikipedia

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