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 for Sprat borer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sprat \Sprat\ (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin
     to G. sprotte.] (Zool.)
     (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 (Zool.), the red-throated diver; -- so called
        from its fondness for sprats. See Diver.
     Sprat loon. (Zool.)
     (a) The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.]
     (b) The red-throated diver. See Diver.
     Sprat mew (Zool.), the kittiwake gull.
        [1913 Webster]

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