What is herring?

  • (noun): Valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled.
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Herring are forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. The most abundant and commercially important species belong to the genus Clupea, found particularly in shallow, temperate waters of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans, including the Baltic Sea, as well as off the west coast of South America. Three species of Clupea are recognized, and provide about 90% of all herrings captured in fisheries. Most abundant of all is the Atlantic herring, providing over half of all herring capture.

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Sarah Herring Sorin
... Sarah Herring Sorin (January 15, 1861 – April 30, 1914) was Arizona's first woman attorney and the first woman to try a case in front of the United States Supreme Court ... Sorin practiced law with her father Colonel Herring in the firm "Herring Sorin" initially in Tombstone, Arizona and later in Tucson ... (See photo of Sarah Herring Sorin in the Arizona Library Archives.) She is also included in Stanford Law School's Women's Legal History Biography Project ...
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Charniele Herring - Political Career - Virginia House of Delegates
... Herring immediately announced her candidacy for the vacancy ... In a caucus on December 16, Herring won the Democratic nomination, defeating Ariel Gonzalez, director of governmental affairs for the American College ... Murray requested a recount, which was resolved in Herring's favor she was sworn in on January 26 ...
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... Herring (/ʃɑrˈnɛl ˈhɛrɪŋ/ shar-NEL HERR-ing born September 25, 1969) is an American politician ... Herring is a member of the Democratic Party ...
Herring - History
... images Still life with a glass of beer and smoked herring on a plate, Pieter Claesz 1636 Still Life with smoked herrings on yellow paper, Van Gogh 1889 Blue herrings, Engels Kozlov 1965 ... Drifters were designed to catch herrings in a long drift net ... Medieval herring fishing in Scania, 1555 17th century herring factory in Amsterdam Processing river herrings Barrels for storing salted herring, c ...

More definitions of "herring":

  • (noun): Commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific.
    Synonyms: Clupea harangus

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