Kipper vs. Herring

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Kipper and Herring is that the Kipper is a fish dish and Herring is a forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae

  • Kipper

    A kipper is a whole herring, a small, oily fish, that has been split in a butterfly fashion from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold-smoked over smouldering woodchips (typically oak).

    In Britain, Ireland and some regions of North America, kippers are most commonly consumed for breakfast. In Great Britain, kippers, along with other preserved smoked or salted fish such as the bloater and buckling, were also once commonly enjoyed as a high tea or supper treat, most popularly with inland and urban working-class populations before World War II.

  • Herring

    Herring are forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae.

    Herring often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. The most abundant and commercially important species belong to the genus Clupea, found particularly in shallow, temperate waters of the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans, including the Baltic Sea, as well as off the west coast of South America. Three species of Clupea are recognised, and provide about 90% of all herrings captured in fisheries. Most abundant of all is the Atlantic herring, providing over half of all herring capture. Fishes called herring are also found in the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Bay of Bengal.

    Herring played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe, and early in the 20th century, their study was fundamental to the evolution of fisheries science. These oily fish also have a long history as an important food fish, and are often salted, smoked, or pickled.

  • Kipper (noun)

    A split, salted and smoked herring or salmon.

  • Kipper (noun)

    A male salmon after spawning.

  • Kipper (noun)

    A patrol to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.

  • Kipper (noun)

    A torpedo.

  • Kipper (noun)

    A member or supporter of UKIP (UK Independence Party).

  • Kipper (verb)

    To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.

  • Kipper (adjective)


  • Kipper (adjective)

    lively; light-footed; nimble

  • Herring (noun)

    A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.

  • Herring (noun)

    Fish in the family Clupeidae.

  • Herring (noun)

    Fish similar to those in genus Clupea, many of those in the order Clupeiformes.


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