matjes herring

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch maatjesharing (matjes herring), from maatjes (young, small) + haring (herring), from earlier forms maetgens-, maeghdekins-, medykens- (maiden-like), from maagd (maiden) + -kin (-kin), so called because matjes herring is made of young herring that has never spawned.

Noun[edit]

matjes herring (plural matjes herrings or matjes herring)

  1. Young filleted herring that has been matured for a short time in brine and prepared traditionally with vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices.

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