tailor herring
Tailor Tai"lor, n. [OF. tailleor, F. tailleur, fr. OF. taillier, F. tailler to cut, fr. L. talea a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf. {Detail}, {Entail}, {Retail}, {Tally}, n.] 1. One whose occupation is to cut out and make men's garments; also, one who cuts out and makes ladies' outer garments. [1913 Webster]

Well said, good woman's tailor . . . I would thou wert a man's tailor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The mattowacca; -- called also {tailor herring}. (b) The silversides. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The goldfish. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Salt-water tailor} (Zo["o]l.), the bluefish. [Local, U. S.] --Bartlett.

{Tailor bird} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of small Asiatic and East Indian singing birds belonging to {Orthotomus}, {Prinia}, and allied genera. They are noted for the skill with which they sew leaves together to form nests. The common Indian species are {Orthotomus longicauda}, which has the back, scapulars, and upper tail coverts yellowish green, and the under parts white; and the golden-headed tailor bird ({Orthotomus coronatus}), which has the top of the head golden yellow and the back and wings pale olive-green. [1913 Webster]


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  • tailor herring — Fall Fall, n. 1. The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tailor herring — noun see tailor I, 2a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tailor — Tai lor, n. [OF. tailleor, F. tailleur, fr. OF. taillier, F. tailler to cut, fr. L. talea a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf. {Detail}, {Entail}, {Retail}, {Tally}, n.] 1. One whose occupation is to cut out and make men s garments;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tailor bird — Tailor Tai lor, n. [OF. tailleor, F. tailleur, fr. OF. taillier, F. tailler to cut, fr. L. talea a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf. {Detail}, {Entail}, {Retail}, {Tally}, n.] 1. One whose occupation is to cut out and make men s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tailor shad — Shad Shad (sh[a^]d), n. sing. & pl. [AS. sceadda a kind of fish, akin to Prov. G. schade; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan a herring, W. ysgadan herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate a fish.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of food fishes of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tailor shad — Mattowacca Mat to*wac ca, n. [Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American clupeoid fish ({Clupea mediocris}), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; called also {hickory shad}, {tailor shad}, {fall herring} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Salt-water tailor — Tailor Tai lor, n. [OF. tailleor, F. tailleur, fr. OF. taillier, F. tailler to cut, fr. L. talea a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf. {Detail}, {Entail}, {Retail}, {Tally}, n.] 1. One whose occupation is to cut out and make men s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fall herring — Fall Fall, n. 1. The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fall herring — Mattowacca Mat to*wac ca, n. [Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American clupeoid fish ({Clupea mediocris}), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; called also {hickory shad}, {tailor shad}, {fall herring} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shad herring — Mattowacca Mat to*wac ca, n. [Indian name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American clupeoid fish ({Clupea mediocris}), similar to the shad in habits and appearance, but smaller and less esteemed for food; called also {hickory shad}, {tailor shad}, {fall herring} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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