fin·​ger·​ling | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-liŋ How to pronounce fingerling (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web This regional dish is traditionally made with bone-in chicken, roasted fingerling potatoes, peas, oregano, garlic and white wine. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 24 June 2021 Ahmeti's favorite pizza is the white truffle, which features white truffle fondue, fresh mozzarella, caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, charred corn and fingerling potatoes. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2021 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,, 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, 8 Nov. 2019 These were not just fingerlings, but catchable Arctic char — some more than 20 inches. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 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, 26 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 16 Sep. 2021.

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