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Definition of fingerling

1 : a small fish especially up to one year of age Striped bass were once found mainly on the East Coast. Around 1976, they were introduced into Elephant Butte Reservoir as 3-inch-long fingerlings.— Buddy Mays
2 or fingerling potato : a small, narrow, elongated potato typically ranging in length from two to 5 inches (5 to 13 centimeters) when mature With the beans and the tuna I like some potatoes, fingerlings that aren't too starchy.— David Pasternack

Examples of fingerling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Included in all orders is an amuse bouche, a seasonal nibble plucked from the restaurant’s garden (sugar snap peas and fingerling potatoes most recently); signature organic buttermilk biscuits; and mignardise of strawberry pate de fruit. Soleil Ho,, "The best takeout and delivery spots in the South Bay and Peninsula," 30 May 2020 The first thing to do is get your potatoes cooking: Start with 2 pounds of young potatoes (fingerlings or anything small and waxy will do just fine). Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Crispy Potato Hash With Spicy Sausage? Must Be Rent Week," 8 Nov. 2019 These were not just fingerlings, but catchable Arctic char — some more than 20 inches. Anchorage Daily News, "In these times, the outdoors in your backyard is truly great," 11 Apr. 2020 Magic Molly is a purple fingerling but can grow quite large to over 6 inches in length. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 But the accompanying fingerling potatoes — saturated in a vinegary sweet dressing that penetrates deep into their core — almost steal the show. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Here's what to order on Chris Bianco's new Italian-American menu at Pane Bianco Van Buren," 27 Jan. 2020 From French fingerling to red bliss to Yukon golds, to the smallest varietal, creamer potatoes, there are endless healthy ways to enjoy them. NBC News, "5 seemingly unhealthy foods that are actually good for you," 26 Nov. 2019 SouthWind Farms and Magic Valley Growers in Wendell are Idaho’s only commercial fingerling growers, according to the Idaho Potato Commission. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "You know the russet, Idaho’s Goliath potato. Meet its colorful David challengers. | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 As will a pork tenderloin topped in chimichurri and citrus aioli, an orecchiette macaroni and cheese with taleggio and cotija, squash soup made from seasonal gourds like delicata and chayote and fingerling potatoes coated in fried eggs. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Stuck with family this Thanksgiving? Make the most of it by trying this new Thanksgiving tradition," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fingerling

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fingerling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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