fin·​ger·​ling | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-liŋ \

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

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This method works well with nearly all small potatoes – from little red potatoes to fingerlings. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 This method works well with nearly all small potatoes — from little red potatoes to fingerlings. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018 The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, which stocks large fingerlings, is now in its fifth year and reviews of its effectiveness will soon be made. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Researchers document walleye decline in Wisconsin waters," 9 May 2018 That thought led them to their current design, which is about the size and shape of a fingerling potato with an indentation that hooks onto the package. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Crab cake with brussels sprouts, corn, tomatoes, fingerlings and mustard cream. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "10 summer deals at Phoenix restaurants, casual to upscale dining," 15 June 2018 The wings, baked on a bed of fingerling potatoes, emerged well bronzed and fragrant. David Tanis, New York Times, "Lemony Chicken Wings, Soaring Above the Rest," 25 May 2018 Holiday specials include Dungeness crab salad with beet purée, avocado, Beluga lentils and crème fraîche; and Alaskan halibut and clams with fingerlings, fava beans and chorizo. Julie Giuffrida,, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 The vegan Impossible Burger won't leave you bloated, and the fingerling potatoes — steamed then fried — are habit-forming. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Musk's new eatery, Cinco de Mayo deals, Bob & Tom, best things in May," 2 May 2018

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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