from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An English name for a herring which has been steeped for a short time, slightly salted, and partially smoke-dried, but not split open.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The common herring, esp. when of large size, smoked, and half dried; -- called also bloat herring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK A salted, and lightly smoked herring or mackerel.
  • noun North America A freshwater fish native to the Great Lakes; the species Coregonus hoyi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked


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