What does the word herring mean?

Usage examples for herring

  1. It is slack time after a bad herring season. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  2. In 1607 a whole row of red- herring houses was swept away, and since that date the records of disputes as to repairs to the harbour and petitions from the fishermen tell how greatly they have suffered from this cause. – Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts by Rosalind Northcote
  3. " Now just a drop to keep me company," begged Mrs Herring. – Jonah by Louis Stone