herring (noun) · herrings (plural noun)
noun, plural (especially collectively) her·ring, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) her·rings. an important food fish, Clupea harengus harengus, found in enormous shoals in the North Atlantic.
Clupea contains three species: the Atlantic herring (the type species) found in the north Atlantic, the Pacific herring found in the north Pacific, and the Araucanian herring found off the coast of Chile. Subspecific divisions have been suggested for both the Atlantic and Pacific herrings, but their biological basis remains unclear.
A red herring is a tool used in argument. The red herring fallacy causes a distraction in n argument that draws attention off-topic. Because of this, a red herring is a type of logical fallacy. A red herring is a way for a speaker to win an argument by bringing up a matter that is irrelevant to the main issue.
n. pl. herring or her·rings Any of various silvery fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially the commercially important Clupea harengus of the northern Atlantic Ocean and C. pallasii of the northern Pacific Ocean.