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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kipper \Kip"per\, n. [D. kippen to hatch, snatch, seize. Cf. Kipe.] 1. (Zool.) A salmon after spawning. [1913 Webster] 2. A salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] Kipper time, the season in which fishing for salmon is forbidden. [Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]