Definition of fingerling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪŋɡəlɪŋ/


A salmon parr.
Example sentences
  • In this 30-week study, researchers stocked 9 ponds at a per-acre rate of 2,000 large fish and 6,000 fingerlings.
  • 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 least expensive size of fish for stocking is fingerlings, which are one to three inches long.


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

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