One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (C. 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.
When I was nine years old, I wrote a short story called 'How to Build a Snowman,' from which no practical snowperson-crafting techniques could be gleaned. The story was an assignment for class and it featured a series of careful but meaningless instructions. Of course, the building of the snowman was a red herring. Sloane Crosley
The Arabs could have peace tomorrow if sufficient numbers of Palestinians were not content to be used as cannon fodder in fruitless assaults on Israel, even as the surrounding Arab powers distract the Arab masses with the red herring of Israel while retarding their countries with their repression and corruption. Conrad Black
herring in Danish is sild
herring in Dutch is haring, zeebanket
herring in Finnish is silli
herring in French is hareng
herring in German is Hering
herring in Hungarian is hering
herring in Italian is aringa
herring in Norwegian is sild
herring in Portuguese is arenque
herring in Spanish is arenque
herring in Swedish is sill
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