lake herring


: a cisco (Coregonus artedii) found from the Mississippi River basin, Great Lakes, and St. Lawrence River northward and important as a commercial food fish

Examples of lake herring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iridescent scales popped into the air like confetti as the men gripped and untangled the flopping lake herring from the net. Bennet Goldstein, Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2023 Plump lake trout reigned atop a food web loaded with species such as perch, sturgeon, lake herring, whitefish and chubs. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2011 The trio is charged with catching ciscoes — also known as lake herring or tullibees — using seine nets and other unlawful methods and then selling them to bait shops, gas stations and other retailers from October 2012 to December 2016. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 Hypothetically, Bronte said a higher lake herring population could help improve several issues now seen in the lake. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lake herring was in 1842

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“Lake herring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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