Definition of sparling in English:

sparling

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

sparling

/ˈspɑːlɪŋ/