sprent

1) A young turbot or other flat fish, on record in co. Durham from 1324-5 (OED).

1416-7 ‘And for 7 salmon and 2 sprentz at 13d a fish’, Selby.

places Selby
dates 1416-1417

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2) A word for a spring in a lock, so possibly used also of clock springs.

1652 Item for mending Clocke sprents 6d, Elland. It could also be a snare: 1620 taught me with sprents in woods to take feozants, Brandsby.

places Brandsby Elland
dates 1620 1652

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