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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Herring  \Her"ring\,  n.  [OE.  hering,  AS  h[ae]ring;  akin  to  D. 
  haring,  G.  h["a]ring,  hering,  OHG.  haring,  hering,  and  prob. 
  to  AS  here  army,  and  so  called  because  they  commonly  move  in 
  large  numbers.  Cf  {Harry}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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. 
 
  {Herring  gull}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  gull  which  feeds  in  part 
  upon  herrings;  esp.,  {Larus  argentatus}  in  America,  and 
  {L.  cachinnans}  in  England.  See  {Gull}. 
 
  {Herring  hog}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  porpoise. 
 
  {King  of  the  herrings}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  chim[ae]ra  ({C.  monstrosa})  which  follows  the  schools 
  of  herring.  See  {Chim[ae]ra}. 
  b  The  opah. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  herring 
  n  1:  valuable  flesh  of  fatty  fish  from  shallow  waters  of  northern 
  Atlantic  or  Pacific;  usually  salted  or  pickled 
  2:  commercially  important  food  fish  of  northern  waters  of  both 
  Atlantic  and  Pacific  [syn:  {Clupea  harangus}] 




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