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dumpling

[duhmp-ling] /ˈdʌmp lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a rounded mass of steamed and seasoned dough, often served in soup or with stewed meat.
2.
a dessert consisting of a wrapping of dough enclosing sliced apples or other fruit, boiled or baked.
3.
a short or stout person.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; dump (of uncertain origin) + -ling1
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  • For the latter, the dumplings will be served in a separate bowl with soup.
British Dictionary definitions for dumplings

dumpling

/ˈdʌmplɪŋ/
noun
1.
a small ball of dough cooked and served with stew
2.
a pudding consisting of a round pastry case filled with fruit: apple dumpling
3.
(informal) a short plump person
Word Origin
C16: dump-, perhaps variant of lump1 + -ling1
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Word Origin and History for dumplings

dumpling

n.

c.1600, Norfolk dialect, of uncertain origin, perhaps from some Low German word or from noun dump "lump" (late 18c.). Related: Dumplings.

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Encyclopedia Article for dumplings

dumpling

small mass of leavened dough that is either boiled or steamed and served in soups or stews or with fruit. Dumplings are most commonly formed from flour or meal bound with egg and then simmered in water or gravy stock until they take on a light, cakey texture. Many recipes call for herbs, onions, grated cheeses, or chopped meats to be rolled into the dough before cooking.

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