• WordNet 3.6
    • n herring commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific
    • n herring valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The canning process for herring was developed in Sardinia, which is why canned herrings are better known as sardines.
    • n Herring hĕr"rĭng (Zoöl) One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (Clupea 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
    • n herring A clupeoid fish, Clupea harengus, of great economic importance and commercial value. It has an elongate form, and rather loose scales averaging about 57 transverse rows. The vomer has an ovate patch of teeth; the ventral serratures are weak; the color is bluish above and on the scales, varied with bright reflections. The herring inhabits the North Atlantic, especially in water of moderate depth. It is generally found not far from the coast, and in summer it comes into shallow water in countless myriads for the purpose of spawning. The spawning season varies according to temperature; in the Gulf of St. Lawrence it occurs in the spring, off the coast of Maine in September, at Cape Cod in November, and off Block Island in December. In Europe the visits of the herring to the shores depend likewise on temperature, and various regions have special varieties differing in size and slight structural characters. It is the object of very profitable fisheries, especially on the Norwegian, Dutch, and British coasts. The eggs are very small, and are discharged at the bottom of the water, where they adhere to rocks and seaweed, being scattered singly or in bunches over a vast extent of sea-bottom. The number of eggs to a female varies according to size, but averages about 10,000—in very large females many more. A closely related species, C. mirabilis, is found in equal abundance in the North Pacific. The name is extended to the herring family, including the Clupeidœ, or shad, alewife, menhaden, pilchard, sprat, sardine, etc.
    • n herring A herring which has been gutted and dried for keeping.
    • n herring A pickled herring.
    • herring To manure with herring or other fish.
    • n herring In Australia, Prototroctes maræna, the Yarra herring, fresh-water herring, grayling, or cucumber-mullet, found in the rivers of Victoria and Tasmania.
    • n herring The ten-pounder, Elops saurus, found in all tropical waters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest Great White Shark ever caught measured 37 feet and weighed 24,000 pounds. It was found in a herring weir in New Brunswick in 1930.
    • n Herring her′ing a common small sea-fish of great commercial value, found moving in great shoals or multitudes
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  • Daisy Ashford
    Daisy Ashford
    “Her name was called Lady Helena Herring and her age was 25 and she mated well with the earl.”


Red herring - If something is a distraction from the real issues, it is a red herring.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hering, AS. hæring,; akin to D. haring, G. häring, hering, OHG. haring, hering, and prob. to AS. here, army, and so called because they commonly move in large numbers. Cf. Harry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hǽring, héring; cf. Ger. häring, heer.


In literature:

The modest herring had been the foundation of the great Canby fortune.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
And what will a dozen herring cost When herring are sold at three halfpence a pair?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
If milt herring are used, pound the milt to a paste, moisten with vinegar, add to the salad.
"Fifty Salads" by Thomas Jefferson Murrey
The Delaware abounded in fish, and in the spring it swarmed with herring.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
The mackerel, season had not yet set in; the spring herring netting was past.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The cabin presented a curious appearance, with the people stowed as thickly as herrings in a cask, all wrapped up in blankets and peacoats.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
One night I had to clean fifty herrings.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Potatoes and herrings, Mr. Christian; just a Manxman's supper.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A pickled herring in the north, but in other parts a fresh herring is so called.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
These fish were herrings, and they formed a welcome change.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
If you would be a merchant fine, beware o' auld horses, herring, and wine.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
I'm off my bargain, and don't care a salt herring if I'm a loser by a few broad pieces in not sticking to it.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
The herring has so many enemies that it must increase rapidly in order to hold its place in the sea.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
This harbor has a valuable fishery for Salmon, Herring, and Shad.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
Herring is a bully and no gentleman, as Jack indicated.
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
Oh, joy, there were to be herrings for breakfast!
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
But as luck would have it, he had hardly plunged below the surface when he encountered an enormous school of young herring.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
The hot weather last summer affected even the herring fishery.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
My family dined to-day on eight fresh herrings, which cost two dollars.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Phoebe, if a herring and a half cost three ha'pence, how many for elevenpence?
"Quality Street" by J. M. Barrie

In poetry:

And if Dan’s heavy oars should cause
One little fish to die,
I’d never, never dare to look
Smoked herring in the eye!
"Womanly Qualms" by Ellis Parker Butler
The herring loves the merry moon-light,
The mackerel loves the wind,
But the oyster loves the dredging sang,
For they come of a gentle kind.
"Elspeth's Ballad" by Sir Walter Scott
The man in the wilderness asked me
How many strawberries grow in the sea;
And I answered him as I thought good,
As many as red herrings grow in the wood.
"Sir Evergreen" by Oscar Fay Adams
For the Skipper stands before him,
Raging, swearing, roaring: 'Curse you,
You young rogue, you've been and robbed me,
From the cask you've stol'n a herring!'
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
In Lowestoft a boat was laid,
Mark well what I do say!
And she was built for the herring-trade,
But she has gone a-rovin', a-rovin', a-rovin',
The Lord knows where!
"The Lowestoft Boat" by Rudyard Kipling
"A rasher next bring, salt herring, or ling,
"'Twill give to our liquor a taste :
"Let's drink then away, 'till we're jolly and gay,
"And the barrel has run out its last!"
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Herring of Brownsburg died Saturday.
She married Harold Herring and he preceded her in death.
A 30-year-old man was found suffering from a gunshot wound near Herring Run Park in Baltimore early Sunday morning, Baltimore police reported.
Tennis players Pasha, Herring win at All-American Championships.
Herring shines at All-American Championships.
Magnasoft NorthStar wins Red Herring Asia Top 100 Award in Hong Kong.
Magnasoft NorthStar, one of Asia's leading location-based child safety platforms in the Amazon cloud has been named the 2012 Red Herring 100 Asia Award winner.
Herring talks about stepping into the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Green Bay.
Oil proves toxic to herring .
Jamel Herring says he'll sign with Haymon.
Stepping into the role of Widespread Panic's lead guitarist isn't Herring 's first go-round as band member in the company of brilliant musicians.
Tracy Massa and Samuel Herring .
Paul and Donna Massa, Hazleton, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Tracy Leigh, to Samuel Lucas Herring , son of Henry and Joyce Herring , Hunlock Creek.
Herring 's band consists of Jeff Sipe on drums, Neal Fountain on bass and keyboardist Matt Slocum.
Caleb Herring 's debut at receiver a bright spot in UNLV's third-straight loss.

In science:

Herring, in The Physics of Powder Metal lurgy, edited by W. E.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies
Therefore, the number of code-book entries with this property will be the number of fixed points of f (8) k , plus an expected 2−16232 = 216 “red herrings ”.
Statistics of Random Permutations and the Cryptanalysis Of Periodic Block Ciphers
Herring (Eds.), The known, the unknown and the unknowable in financial institutions (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2010). I.
The RARE model: a generalized approach to random relaxation processes in disordered systems
We argue instead that in this instance gauge invariance is a complete red herring and is not the source of the problem.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
Lebach, D. E., Corey, B. E., Shapiro, I. I., Ratner, M. I., Webber, J. C., Rogers, A. E. E., Davis, J. L., and Herring T. A., “Measurement of the solar gravitational deflection of radio waves using very-long-baseline interferometry”, Phys.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Though some of the anomalies listed are possibly red herrings which may find unrelated explanations, they all fit qualitatively into the suggestion made here, a CB disk, i.e. a disk surrounding the binary.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
Lebach, D.E., Corey, B.E., Shapiro, I.I., Ratner, M.I., Webber, J.C., Rogers, A.E.E., Davis, J.L., and Herring, T.A., “Measurement of the solar gravitational deflection of radio waves using very-long-baseline interferometry”, Phys.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Herring, J., McWilliams, J.: Comparison of direct numerical simulation of two dimensional turbulence with two point closure: the effects of intermittency. J.
Recent Developments in Understanding Two-dimensional Turbulence and the Nastrom-Gage Spectrum
The ERA-2005 papers express a number of criticisms of the MHB theory (Mathews et al. 2002, Buffett et al. 2002, Herring et al. 2002) on which the current IAU 2000 nutation model is based, and assert that ERA-2005 provides a superior and more accurate geophysical model.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
Buffett B. A., Mathews, P. M., Herring, T. A., 2002, “Modeling of nutation and precession: Effects of electromagnetic coupling”, J.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
Herring, T. A., Mathews, P. M., Buffett B.A., 2002, “Modeling of nutation and precession: Very long baseline interferometry results”, J.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
For the Prandtl dependence of Nu at fixed Ra = 107 and Pr <∼ 0.7 (see figure 5, top), Kerr and Herring (2000) give an effective exponent of 0.12. A more recent example of a spectral RB code is the work of Hartlep et al. (2003), achieving Ra = 107 .
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Herring, 2000, “Prandtl number dependence of Nusselt number in direct numerical simulations,” J.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
The green upper triangles are the numerical data for Ra = 107 by Kerr and Herring (2000), the dark-green circle results from the experimental data of Cioni et al. (1997) for the same Ra = 107 , and the violet diamonds are numerical results for Ra = 106 by Breuer et al. (2004).
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Coleman, “Black holes as red herrings: Topological fluctuations and the loss of quantum coherence,” Nucl.
Toy Models For Black Hole Evaporation