Definition of fingerling in English:



  • 1A small young fish, especially a salmon parr.

    • ‘The centre will supply fingerlings (baby fish) to the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Ohangwena.’
    • ‘Since black crappie are omnivorous, they eat the fingerlings of many other fish, including those of its predators: pike, walleye, muskellunge, etc.’
    • ‘The project aims to provide tilapia and catfish fingerlings to prospective fish farmers.’
    • ‘Mitchell says several farms have lost entire ponds of fry (baby catfish) and fingerlings because of severe infections.’
    • ‘Some forage fish will be sexually mature the first season after stocking as fingerlings.’
    • ‘Because higher levels of blue-green algae correlate with higher levels of off-flavors, Zimba and the other researchers say that older ponds may be used for holding sac fry and fingerlings.’
    • ‘If more fingerlings were available - especially year-round - they could increase production of market-size fish and stabilize seasonal price fluctuations.’
    • ‘Farmers harvest the full-grown fish and restock the ponds with more fingerlings, meaning that several different ages of catfish are present in a pond at any one time.’
    • ‘However while finnock are usually thought to be small immature fingerling fish of a pound or less, the size of some of these sea roving fish will both surprise and delight you.’
    • ‘The least expensive size of fish for stocking is fingerlings, which are one to three inches long.’
    • ‘The recently opened centre at Omahenene will supply fingerlings (baby fish) to the fish farmers in the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Kunene, and Ohangwena.’
    • ‘Larger zooplankton will be freeze-dried for enriching diets as the fry grow into large fingerlings ready to be moved into production tanks.’
    • ‘Another project is to find out why double-crested cormorants tend to pluck catfish fingerlings out of some ponds but not others.’
    • ‘These migratory diving birds winter in the Delta region, where they voraciously feed on channel catfish fingerlings and any other fish they can swallow.’
    • ‘The majority of the brown trout had been stocked as fingerlings as the reservoir filled in the early seventies.’
    • ‘Producers from Nebraska, Tennessee and North Carolina are part of the trend to send fingerlings to Wisconsin and Michigan for fattening.’
    • ‘Today, most private live haulers and fingerling producers use liquid oxygen on their transport trucks, and many farmers use it on their farm trucks when moving fish from pond to pond.’
    • ‘Kentucky State University recently joined the pilot project, adding 10,000 fingerling, or finger-size trout, to the fish already at the community college.’
    • ‘In this 30-week study, researchers stocked 9 ponds at a per-acre rate of 2,000 large fish and 6,000 fingerlings.’
    • ‘Every year, the Iranians release up to 30 million fingerlings - baby fish - into the Caspian for restocking.’
  • 2US A variety of potato having a pink, yellow, blue or light tan skin and flesh.

    • ‘My friend the arch foodie had nothing bad to say about her crisp roasted chicken, accompanied by chanterelle mushrooms and a little flotilla of fingerling potatoes.’
    • ‘‘Purple Peruvian’: Uniquely purple skin and flesh are perhaps this fingerling's best features.’
    • ‘After that came a pair of small, crunchy tacos filled with diced fingerling potatoes, then topped with a tasty chopping of cold smoked duck breast.’
    • ‘For the fingerling potatoes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.’
    • ‘Spoon some potato purée into each tart shell and arrange some fingerling potatoes.’
    • ‘And a hefty braised pork chop with carrots, savoy cabbage, and fingerling potatoes is just the kind of blue-plate-special comfort food we crave now.’


Early 18th century: from finger (with reference to its transverse dusky bars) + -ling.