pickle–herring

noun

Definition of pickle–herring

  1. 1 :  a pickled herring

  2. 2 [Dutch pekelharing, from German pickelhering, from Pickelhering, droll comic character of the 17th century German stage] :  buffoon

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Origin and Etymology of pickle–herring

obsolete Dutch pekel-haerinck (now pekelharing), from Dutch pekel pickle + obsolete Dutch haerinck herring (from Middle Dutch harinc, herinc) — more at herring


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