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kipper

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noun kip·per \ˈki-pər\

Simple Definition of kipper

  • : a herring that has been preserved with salt and then smoked

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kipper

  1. 1 :  a male salmon or sea trout during or after the spawning season

  2. 2 :  a kippered herring or salmon

Did You Know?

Did you know? An American visiting Scotland once reported to The New York Times that "a kipper is prepared by taking a herring fresh (no more than 24 hours out of the water), plump, oily (15 percent or more fat content is best), soaking it in a saltwater brine and smoking it slowly over a fire composed of oak chips." This process of creating a kipper (called kippering) goes back to at least the 18th century, but the word kipper dates all the way back to before the 12th century, when it was spelled cypera and was used specifically to mean "a spawning salmon." Cypera is related to the Old English word for copper (coper) and may have been suggested by the salmon's color.

Origin and Etymology of kipper

Middle English kypre, from Old English cypera; akin to Old English coper copper


First Known Use: before 12th century


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kipper

verb kip·per

Definition of kipper

kippered

kippering

play \-p(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cure (split dressed fish) by salting and smoking

kipperer

play \-pər-ər\ noun


1773

First Known Use of kipper

1773


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