Herring gull
Herring Her"ring (h[e^]r"r[i^]ng), n. [OE. hering, AS. h[ae]ring; akin to D. haring, G. h["a]ring, hering, OHG. haring, hering, and prob. to AS. here army, and so called because they commonly move in large numbers. Cf. {Harry}.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

{Herring gull} (Zo["o]l.), a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., {Larus argentatus} in America, and {Larus cachinnans} in England. See {Gull}.

{Herring hog} (Zo["o]l.), the common porpoise.

{King of the herrings}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The chim[ae]ra ({Chimaera monstrosa}) which follows the schools of herring. Called also {rabbit fish} in the U. K. See {Chim[ae]ra}. (b) The opah. [1913 Webster]


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  • Herring Gull — Taxobox name = Herring Gull status = LC status system = iucn3.1 image width = 250px image caption = Breeding plumaged adult of the subspecies L. a. argenteus on Heligoland regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes… …   Wikipedia

  • herring gull — noun large gull of the northern hemisphere • Syn: ↑Larus argentatus • Hypernyms: ↑gull, ↑seagull, ↑sea gull • Member Holonyms: ↑Larus, ↑genus Larus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • herring gull — a common, large gull, Larus argentatus, of the Northern Hemisphere. See illus. under gull. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * Most common of the Atlantic gulls in the Northern Hemisphere. The herring gull (Larus argentatus) has a gray mantle, flesh coloured… …   Universalium

  • Herring Gull — sidabrinis kiras statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Larus argentatus angl. Herring Gull vok. Silbermöwe …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • herring gull — sidabrinis kiras statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Larus argentatus angl. herring gull vok. Silbermöwe, f rus. серебристая чайка, f pranc. goéland argenté, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrieji kirai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • herring gull — her′ring gull n. orn a common large gull, Larus argentatus, of the Northern Hemisphere • Etymology: 1820–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • herring gull — noun Date: 1857 a common large gull (Larus argentatus) of the northern hemisphere that as an adult is largely white with a gray mantle, dark wing tips, pink feet, and yellow bill …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • herring gull — n. large gull of North America Europe and Asia …   English contemporary dictionary

  • herring gull — noun a common northern gull with grey black tipped wings. [Larus argentatus.] …   English new terms dictionary

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