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ˈhɛr ɪŋher·ring

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. herringnoun

    valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled

  2. herring, Clupea harangusnoun

    commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific


  1. herringnoun

    A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.

    Etymology: From hering, from hæring, from hēringaz, further etymology unknown. Cognate with Dutch haring, German Hering etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herringnoun

    one of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (C. harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities

    Etymology: [OE. hering, AS. hring; akin to D. haring, G. hring, hering, OHG. haring, hering, and prob. to AS. here army, and so called because they commonly move in large numbers. Cf. Harry.]


  1. Herring

    Herring are forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. The most abundant and commercially important species belong to the genus Clupea, found particularly in shallow, temperate waters of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans, including the Baltic Sea, as well as off the west coast of South America. Three species of Clupea are recognized, and provide about 90% of all herrings captured in fisheries. Most abundant of all is the Atlantic herring, providing over half of all herring capture. Herring played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe, and early in the twentieth century their study was fundamental to the evolution of fisheries science. These oily fish also have a long history as an important food fish, and are often salted, smoked, or pickled.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Herring

    her′ing, n. a common small sea-fish of great commercial value, found moving in great shoals or multitudes.—adj. Herr′ing-bone, like the spine of a herring, applied to a kind of masonry in which the stones slope in different directions in alternate rows.—ns. Herr′inger, one whose employment is to catch herring; Herr′ing-fish′ery; Herr′ing-pond, the ocean, esp. the Atlantic or the English Channel.—Herring-bone stitch, a kind of cross-stitch used in embroidery, in mending sails, &c.—Kippered herring, herring smoked and preserved; Red herring, herring cured and dried, and having as the result a red appearance. [A.S. hǽring, héring; cf. Ger. häring, heer.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. herring

    A common fish--the Clupea harengus; Anglo-Saxon hæring and hering.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of herring in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of herring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of herring in a Sentence

  1. Van Beurden:

    The divest campaign, or Keep it in the Ground or the carbon bubble, ignore reality that 80 percent of the investment in the industry has to be done just to stand still to arrest decline. It is a red herring, it is a very seductive argument and that is why it catches on, but it is a red herring.

  2. Jakob Ragnwaldh:

    It’s a red herring that has been placed there on purpose by individuals and organizations who do not believe in free trade.

  3. Jay Jones:

    Mark Herring is Mark Herring that Ralph Northam have ever had, and everyone who is running for office in Virginia is looking to him for support.

  4. Sean McGowan:

    Our members wished to hear from all of the candidates on qualified immunity, state law enforcement benefits, [the] Brady Giglio law, Second Amendment stances, procedural guarantee for officers and other issues that impact our members working lives, but sadly Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala and Mark Herring decided that this process was not a priority for them.

  5. Lou Brien:

    Supply doesn’t matter. That’s a red herring in the bigger picture. It’s all about inflation and inflation expectations.

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