from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Fillets of young herring that have not yet spawned, lightly cured with salt, vinegar, sugar, and spices.
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- noun Young
filleted herringthat has been matured shortly in brineand prepared traditionally with vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Partial translation of Dutch maatjesharing : maatjes (alteration of maeghdekins, genitive of maeghdekin, maiden, diminutive of maagd, maid; see maghu- in Indo-European roots) + haring, herring.]
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From Dutch maatjesharing ("matjes herring"), from maatjes ("young, small") + haring ("herring"), from earlier forms maetgens-, maeghdekins-, medykens- ("maiden-like"), from maagd ("maiden") + -kin ("-kin"), so called because matjes herring is made of young herring that has never spawned.
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