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HERRING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does herring mean? 

HERRING (noun)
  The noun HERRING has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: HERRING used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HERRING (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("herring" is a kind of...):

saltwater fish (flesh of fish from the sea used as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "herring"):

brisling; sprat (small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines)

red herring; smoked herring (a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color)

pickled herring (herring preserved in a pickling liquid (usually brine or vinegar))

bloater (large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked)

kipper; kippered herring (salted and smoked herring)

whitebait (minnows or other small fresh- or saltwater fish (especially herring); usually cooked whole)

Holonyms ("herring" is a part of...):

Clupea harangus; herring (commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

Clupea harangus; herring

Hypernyms ("herring" is a kind of...):

food fish (any fish used for food by human beings)

clupeid; clupeid fish (any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas)

Meronyms (parts of "herring"):

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

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "herring"):

Atlantic herring; Clupea harengus harengus (important food fish; found in enormous shoals in the northern Atlantic)

Clupea harengus pallasii; Pacific herring (important food fish of the northern Pacific)

Holonyms ("herring" is a member of...):

Clupea; genus Clupea (type genus of the Clupeidae: typical herrings)


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