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brandling (countable and uncountable, plural brandlings)

  1. The young or parr of the salmon, so named from its markings being, as it were, branded
  2. A small, red worm used for bait in fresh-water fishing
    • 1939, George Orwell, Coming Up for Air, part 2, chapter 4
      And you also find another kind of worm called a brandling, which is striped and smells like an earwig, and which is very good bait for perch.