- a cisco or whitefish, especially Coregonus artedii, of the Great Lakes.
Origin of lake herring
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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The cisco is somewhat smaller than the lake-herring, but otherwise it is about the same.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall