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herring Line breaks: her|ring
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛrɪŋ/

Definition of herring in English:


A fairly small silvery fish which is most abundant in coastal waters and is of widespread commercial importance.
  • Clupea and other genera, family Clupeidae (the herring family): several species, in particular (C. harengus), of the North Atlantic. The herring family also includes the sprats, shads, and pilchards
Example sentences
  • Like anchovies and herrings, they are small, primitive fish belonging to the group known as clupeoids.
  • These fatty acids are found in oily fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon and trout.
  • The two largest and most important of the herrings were probably blueback herring (A. aestivalis) and hickory shad (A. mediocris).


Old English hǣring, hēring, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch haring and German Hering.

Words that rhyme with herring

handspring • hamstring
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