Red Herring

Business / Taxes / Red Herring: When a security is offered to the public for the first time, the underwriter prepares a preliminary prospectus, called a red herring. While the name may refer to the parts of the document printed in red ink, the implication is that the document has been written to present the company in the best possible light. The reference is to the rather distinctive odor of the fish in question, which, the story goes, fleeing fugitives sometimes used to throw bloodhounds off their scent. Although the preliminary prospectus contains important information about the company, its offerings, financial projections, and investment risk, it is customarily revised before the final version is issued.

Red Pine

Life Style / Christmas Trees / Red Pine: Pinus resinosa - dark green needles 4''-6'' long; big and bushy. MORE

Red raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus)

Health / Herbs / Red raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus): A uterine tonic, relaxes the uterus, traditionally believed to lead to an easier childbirth, midwives have found that women who drink raspberry leaf tea regularly during pregnancy have decreased chanc MORE

Red Line

Entertainment / Ice Hockey / Red Line: A line, 12 inches wide, that extends across the ice midway between the goal lines. Also known as the center line. MORE

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