from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially a commercially important food fish (Clupea harengus) of Atlantic and Pacific waters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (Clupea harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To manure with herring or other fish.
- n. A clupeoid fish, Clupea harengus, of great economic importance and commercial value.
- n. A herring which has been gutted and dried for keeping.
- n. A pickled herring.
- n. In Australia, Prototroctes maræna, the Yarra herring, fresh-water herring, grayling, or cucumber-mullet, found in the rivers of Victoria and Tasmania.
- n. The ten-pounder, Elops saurus, found in all tropical waters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific
- n. valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
In April & May come up another kind of fish which they call herring, or old wives, in infinite schools into a small river running under the town, and so into a great pond or lake of a mile broad where they cast their spawn, the water of the said river being in many places not above half a foot deep.
Well, some Folks say that herring do not live in the Mediterranean Sea, that ancient Folks knew nothing about them, but that what we know as herring are really sardines.
I suppose your point about it being a red herring is correct in this case if gross negligence as opposed to ordinary negligence can be proven.
The real red herring is of course that individuals expressing themselves democratically against the wishes of such as Rubin et al constitute a threat to "free markets", which do not exist as such anyway.
If a herring is dragged across a trail that hounds are following, it throws them off the scent. mo-wo Said,
Imported pickled herring is a popular item in the upscale supermarkets, and a salad of herring with a variety of legumes, including garbanzos and fava beans, is a specialty of the northern state of Coahuila.
Nine times out of 10 when he finds gannets, pelicans, or terns diving on bay anchovies, pogies, or threadfin herring, he also finds a school of redfish feasting on the same bait.
Red Herrings: A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue.
In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you.
Though she might harrow her son's soul, Sarah was incapable of denying him food, so rising from her knees, she unpinned her skirt, and brought him coffee and broiled herring from the stove where they had been keeping hot.