Her·ring n. Zool. 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.
Herring gull Zool., a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., Larus argentatus in America, and Larus cachinnans in England. See Gull.
Herring hog Zool., the common porpoise.
King of the herrings. Zool. (a) The chimaera (Chimaera monstrosa) which follows the schools of herring. Called also rabbit fish in the U. K. See Chimaera. (b) The opah.
n 1: valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern
Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
2: commercially important food fish of northern waters of both
Atlantic and Pacific [syn: Clupea harangus]