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(Rede hering,) Reid hering. Also: red, reade and heringe, heiring, herring; Rid herring. [e.m.E. redde heryng (1495), -hearing, red-her(r)ing, late ME red heryng (c1420), rede herynge (1466), Herin(g n.] Herring that has become red in the process of smoking; smoked herring. b. In allusive use. Ten thousand reid hering makis the last; Balfour Pract. 87.
Thre caidis of reid heiring and ane half barrell of quhyte heiring; 1613 Crim. Trials III 244.
Ilk barrell reid hering; 1618 Aberd. Council Lett. I 156.
To bring in straungers for making of reade heringes; 1613 Melrose P. 123.
1675 Cunningham Diary 63.
b. Nor fish, nor flesh, nor geud red-herring; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 39.

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