plural -s
: a young fat herring with roe or milt incompletely developed

Word History


modification of Dutch maatjesharing, alteration of Middle Dutch magedekenharinc, from magedekijn maiden, virgin, girl (from maget maiden, virgin + -kijn -kin) + harinc herring

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“Matie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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