Matjes-herring meaning

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Fillets of young herring that have not yet spawned, lightly cured with salt, vinegar, sugar, and spices.
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A reddish herring, filleted and served or packed usually in a spiced wine sauce.
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Young filleted herring that has been matured shortly in brine and prepared traditionally with vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices.
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Origin of matjes-herring

  • Partial translation of Dutch maatjesharing maatjes (alteration of maeghdekins) (genitive of maeghdekin maiden diminutive of maagd maid maghu- in Indo-European roots) haring herring

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary