Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various fishes of the family Clupeidae, which includes the herrings, menhadens, and sardines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish of the family Clupeidæ. Also clupeoid.

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

  • noun any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of the family Clupeidae, inhabiting the shallow waters of northern seas. The group includes the herrings, menhaden, sardines, and shad.

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

  • noun Any of many soft-finned fish of the family Clupeidae

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

  • noun any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Clupeidae, family name, from Latin clupea, a kind of small fish.]

Examples

  • The larva of the horse-mackerel, on the other hand, is like a tadpole; it swims better than a clupeid larva of the same size - thus enabling it to flee predators more easily - and it has a bigger mouth to capture more and bigger prey.

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