Definition of Cullen skink in English:

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Cullen skink

Pronunciation: /ˌkʌlən ˈskɪŋk/


[mass noun]
A Scottish soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes, onions, and milk.
Example sentences
  • A list of Scotland's top foods could also have included Cullen skink, Arbroath smokies, West Coast scallops, langoustines, herring and Ayrshire potatoes.
  • Graeme's Cullen skink had large pieces of haddock cluttering up the bowl like enormous fishy icebergs - and there was no sign of that old trick of letting potatoes hog the limelight - while the sauce was creamy without lacking taste.


From the name of Cullen, a village on the Moray Firth in NE Scotland, + Scots skink 'soup made from shin of beef', probably from Middle Low German Schinke 'ham'.

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