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gefilte fish

[guh-fil-tuh] /gəˈfɪl tə/
noun, Jewish Cookery.
1.
a forcemeat of boned fish, especially such freshwater fish as carp, pike, or whitefish, blended with eggs, matzo meal, and seasoning, shaped into balls or sticks and simmered in a vegetable broth, and often served chilled.
Also, gefillte fish, gefüllte fish, gefulte fish.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Yiddish: literally, stuffed fish
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British Dictionary definitions for gefilte-fish

gefilte fish

/ɡəˈfɪltə/
noun
1.
(Jewish cookery) a dish consisting of fish and matzo meal rolled into balls and poached, formerly served stuffed into the skin of a fish
Word Origin
Yiddish, literally: filled fish
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Contemporary definitions for gefilte-fish
noun

a Jewish dish of seasoned ground fish shaped into balls or patties and simmered in fish stock; also called fish balls

Word Origin

Yiddish 'stuffed'

Usage Note

cooking

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Word Origin and History for gefilte-fish

gefilte fish

n.

1892, gefüllte Fisch, not a species but a loaf made from various kinds of ground fish and other ingredients; the first word is from Yiddish, from German gefüllte "stuffed."

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