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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

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