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anchovy Line breaks: an|chovy
Pronunciation: /ˈantʃəvi/

Definition of anchovy in English:

noun (plural anchovies)

A small shoaling fish of commercial importance as a food fish and as bait. It is strongly flavoured and is usually preserved in salt and oil.
  • Genus Engraulis, family Engraulidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Barracuda eat squid and small fish such as sardines, anchovies, young mackerels and grunions.
  • Adult halibut prefer a diet of small fish such as anchovies, sardines, and white croaker.
  • Groups such as silversides, herrings and anchovies often congregate in feeding shoals numbering in the millions.


Late 16th century: from Spanish and Portuguese anchova, of unknown origin.

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