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lake herring

a cisco or whitefish, especially Coregonus artedii, of the Great Lakes.
Origin of lake herring
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The water abounded in little fish, but they were lake herring, which are really not herring at all, and will not take a hook.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Being confined to small lakes, the cisco does not grow so large as the lake herring.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for lake herring

lake herring

another name for cisco
another name for powan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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