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    #1

    are kippers herrings or salmons?

    Hi,

    I know that salmons and herrings are two different species of fish.

    I noted that the word kipper could mean salted herring, but also salted salmon. Why is the same word used to refer to two different fish in salt?
    When I read in the menu Loch Fynne kippers, what are they, salmons or herrings? Is Loch Fynne just the place of origin (Scotland?) or does that refer to something particular? special species or a particular way of cooking them?
    Thanks Rip

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    #2

    Re: are kippers herrings or salmons?

    Oxford says it means salted herring, but is derived from a word for male salmon:
    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/kipper?view=uk

    I have certainly never heard it used for salted salmon. If I saw it on a menu, I'd think it would be a herring.

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    #3

    Re: are kippers herrings or salmons?

    With Loch Fynne kippers, its the place of origin- maybe they're famous for the kippers.

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