Gefilte-fish meaning

gə-fĭl'tə
Finely chopped fish, usually whitefish, pike, or carp, mixed with crumbs, eggs, and seasonings, cooked in a broth in the form of balls or oval-shaped cakes, and usually served chilled.
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Chopped fish mixed with chopped onion, egg, seasoning, etc. and boiled, orig. in a casing of the fish skin: it is usually served cold in the form of balls or cakes.
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A dish of stuffed fish, or of fish cakes in broth.

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Origin of gefilte-fish

  • Yiddish gefilt past participle of filn to fill, stuff (from Middle High German vüllen) (from Old High German fullen pelə1 in Indo-European roots) fish fish (from Middle High German visch) (from Old High German fisc)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Yiddish געפֿילטע־פֿיש (gefilte fish, “stuffed fish”), from געפֿילט (gefilt, “stuffed”), from German gefüllter (“stuffed”) + Fisch (“fish”).
    From Wiktionary