herring

noun her·ring \ ˈher-iŋ , ˈhe-riŋ \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of herring

plural herring or herrings
1 : either of two food fishes (genus Clupeus):
a : one (C. harengus) that is abundant in the temperate and colder parts of the North Atlantic and that in the adult state is preserved by smoking or salting and in the young state is extensively canned and sold as sardines
b : one (C. pallasi synonym C. h. pallasi) of the North Pacific harvested especially for its roe
2 : any of a large family (Clupeidae) of soft-finned bony fishes (such as the herrings, shads, sardines, and menhadens) that have a laterally compressed body and a forked tail and usually occur in schools

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Origin and Etymology of herring

Middle English hering, from Old English hǣring; akin to Old High German hārinc herring


HERRING Defined for English Language Learners

herring

noun

Definition of herring for English Language Learners

  • : a fish that lives in the northern Atlantic Ocean and is often eaten as food


HERRING Defined for Kids

herring

noun her·ring \ ˈher-iŋ \

Definition of herring for Students

: a fish of the northern Atlantic Ocean that is often used for food


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