King of the herrings

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • King of the herrings (Zoöl) The chimæra (Chimaera monstrosa) which follows the schools of herring. Called also rabbit fish in the U. K. See Chimæra.
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Usage

In literature:

But I have not yet told how the latter, the king of the herring race, does act.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
He was the only purple herring in all the great lakes, and was practically the King of the Herrings, and was respected as such.
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
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In news:

Benjamin Britten's comedy Albert Herring takes place in the English countryside where meek mama's boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village's first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found.
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