anchovy

[ an-choh-vee, -chuh-, an-choh-vee ]
/ ˈæn tʃoʊ vi, -tʃə-, ænˈtʃoʊ vi /

noun, plural an·cho·vies.

any small, marine, herringlike fish of the family Engraulidae, especially Engraulis encrasicholus, found in the Mediterranean Sea, often preserved in oil and used in salads, spreads, etc., or packaged in paste form.

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Origin of anchovy

1590–1600; <French or Ibero-Romance <Genoese anchua, anchova<Vulgar Latin *apiu(v)a, variant of Latin apua (Pliny) <Greek aphýē fry of various fishes
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British Dictionary definitions for anchovy

anchovy
/ (ˈæntʃəvɪ) /

noun plural -vies or -vy

any of various small marine food fishes of the genus Engraulis and related genera, esp E. encrasicolus of S Europe: family Clupeidae (herrings). They have a salty taste and are often tinned or made into a paste or essence

Word Origin for anchovy

C16: from Spanish anchoa, perhaps ultimately from Greek aphuē small fish
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