• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Herring-bone like the spine of a herring, applied to a kind of masonry in which the stones slope in different directions in alternate rows
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hǽring, héring; cf. Ger. häring, heer.


In literature:

I can do herring-bone stitch.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
One example has a kind of herring-bone pattern, somewhat resembling the well-known leaf-marking at New Grange.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
We have passed the gorge, and, looking back, I see the "narrow-gauge" track lying across the chasm like a herring-bone over a hole.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Elizabeth Robins
You are to sew the pieces fast together, and herring-bone them all round on the right side.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
Along the facade a herring-bone pattern pavement of white and red tesserae was found which continued farther to the north.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Some are marked in herring bone fashion and others have transverse indentations.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Old Maisie went cautiously over the herring-boned pavement, with a hand against the wall for steadiness.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
His doublet is covered with a herring-bone pattern in silk stitches, and is slashed all over.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Herring-bone strutting consists of two pieces of timber, usually 2 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Dinner was herring bone or potato-peel soup, or ham-bone soup with a slice of heavy potato bread.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells

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