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anchoveta

[an-choh-vet-uh, -chuh-]
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noun
  1. an anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, found along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja California, used for bait.
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Origin of anchoveta

1935–40; < Spanish, equivalent to anchov(a) anchovy + -eta < Latin -itta diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for anchoveta

anchoveta

noun
  1. a small anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, of the American Pacific, used as bait by tuna fishermen
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Word Origin

C20: Spanish, diminutive of anchova anchovy
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