blueback herring

noun
blue·​back herring | \ ˈblü-ˌbak- How to pronounce blueback herring (audio) \

Definition of blueback herring

: an anadromous clupeid fish (Alosa aestivalis) of the Atlantic coast of North America having a dark blue or bluish-gray back

First Known Use of blueback herring

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Blueback herring.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blueback%20herring. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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