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A herring or salmon that has been split, salted, and smoked.
tr.v. kip·pered, kip·per·ing, kip·pers
To prepare (fish) by splitting, salting, and smoking.
[Middle English kipre, a male salmon in the spawning season, from Old English cypera, probably from cyperen, of copper, from coper, copper (because of the fish's color during the spawning season); see copper1.]
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1. (Cookery) (of fish, esp herring) having been cleaned, salted, and smoked
2. slang utterly defeated or outwitted
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