an anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, found along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja California, used for bait.
Origin of anchoveta
1935–40; < Spanish, equivalent to anchov(a) anchovy + -eta < Latin -itta diminutive suffix
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a small anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, of the American Pacific, used as bait by tuna fishermen
Word Origin for anchoveta
C20: Spanish, diminutive of anchova anchovy
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