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.’
    • ‘Buckling, smoked eel and smoked trout are all served with quarters of lemon, brown bread and a root-based sauce.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

buckling

/ˈbʌklɪŋ/