Definition of buckling in English:

buckling

noun

  • A smoked herring.

    mass noun ‘sturgeon and buckling served with horseradish sauce’
    • ‘The full flavour does not develop until the buckling have been packed for 24 hours.’
    • ‘You probably won't see such an immense array outside Billingsgate - jellied eels, smoked buckling, herring melts or whitebait to start, Torbay sole, red mullet, hake, six types of fish 'n' chips, or whole grilled Dover sole to follow.’
    • ‘Buckling, smoked eel and smoked trout are all served with quarters of lemon, brown bread and a root-based sauce.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from German Bückling ‘bloater’.

Pronunciation

buckling

/ˈbʌklɪŋ/