One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for sand eel
- ‘A whole launce with the head and tail clipped off is excellent.’
- ‘The only species of fish that would be ineligible were sea trout, mackerel, launce and herring.’
- ‘Wouldn't south-west anglers want to put out launce and mackerel baits for tope and rays at distance?’
- ‘Foods eaten include: whiting, herring, haddock; sand launces; insects; crabs, shrimp, and other crustaceans; annelids; mollusks; fish eggs; and in certain cases, echinoderms.’
- ‘The smaller live sandeels instead of the massive launce will sometimes work better and you always have the chance of a cracking pollack.’
Early 17th century: early variant of lance (because of its shape).
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