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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially a commercially important food fish (Clupea harengus) of Atlantic and Pacific waters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (Clupea harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clupeoid fish, Clupea harengus, of great economic importance and commercial value.
  • n. A herring which has been gutted and dried for keeping.
  • n. A pickled herring.
  • To manure with herring or other fish.
  • n. In Australia, Prototroctes maræna, the Yarra herring, fresh-water herring, grayling, or cucumber-mullet, found in the rivers of Victoria and Tasmania.
  • n. The ten-pounder, Elops saurus, found in all tropical waters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific
  • n. valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled

Etymologies

Middle English hering, from Old English hǣring.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hering, from Old English hǣring, from Proto-Germanic *hēringaz, further etymology unknown. Cognate with Dutch haring, German Hering etc. (Wiktionary)

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