or ge·fill·te fish, ge·füll·te fish, ge·ful·te fish
- 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.
Origin of gefilte fish
1890–95; < Yiddish: literally, stuffed fish
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- Jewish cookery a dish consisting of fish and matzo meal rolled into balls and poached, formerly served stuffed into the skin of a fish
Yiddish, literally: filled fish
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Word Origin and History for gefilte fish
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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