lutefisk definition by Webster's New World
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a Scandinavian dish consisting of dried cod that has been softened by soaking in a lye solution, rinsed, and then boiled
lutefisk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A traditional Scandinavian dish prepared by soaking air-dried cod in a lye solution for several weeks before skinning, boning, and boiling it, a process that gives the dish its characteristic gelatinous consistency.
Origin: Norwegian : lut, lye (from Swedish, from Old Norse laudhr, soap, foam; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots) + fisk, fish (from Old Norse fiskr).