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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. c1575 Balfour Pract. 87.
Ten thousand reid hering makis the last 1613 Crim. Trials III 244.
Thre caidis of reid heiring and ane half barrell of quhyte heiring 1618 Aberd. Council Lett. I 156.
Ilk barrell reid hering — 1613 Melrose P. 123.
To bring in straungers for making of reade heringes 1675 Cunningham Diary 63.b. 1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 39.
Nor fish, nor flesh, nor geud red-herring
Rede Hering n.
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