: dried codfish that has been soaked in a water and lye solution before cooking

Examples of lutefisk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avoid the lutefisk and lefse. Star Tribune, 19 Sep. 2020 Bad things happen, but be hopeful and pass the lutefisk. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 17 Sep. 2021 That applies to much of the native fare, too: intense rye bread, piquant pickled herring, and the ever-polarizing lutefisk, which is lye-treated whitefish. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 22 May 2020 Even the gelatinous pleasures of Scandinavian lutefisk or Chinese century eggs have their devotees. Nicola Twilley, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Hjelle has never gone ice fishing and will not eat lutefisk, two Minnesota traditions. Henry Schulman,, 29 Feb. 2020 The homegrown concoction is a sequel to Yellow Tree’s original ode to lutefisk and lizards, true love and tater tots and small-town Minnesota. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, 24 Nov. 2019 Geneva's Swedish Days is back with all the returning favorites, from lutefisk to the craft brew tent, from June 20-25. Annie Alleman, Elgin Courier-News, 8 June 2017

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Word History


Norwegian, from lute to wash in lye solution + fisk fish

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lutefisk was in 1924

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“Lutefisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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