anchovy /ˈantʃəvi, anˈtʃəʊvi/


I. noun

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.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Spanish and Portuguese anchova, of unknown origin.

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