a small, southern European, marine fish, Sardina pilchardus, related to the herring but smaller and rounder.
any of several related fishes, as Sardinops caeruleus, common off the California coast.
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How to use pilchard in a sentence
In its harbour we now saw a large fleet of boats, engaged in the pilchard and mackerel fishery.A Yacht Voyage Round England | W.H.G. Kingston
The pilchard fishery begins as early as June or July; but then it is further out to sea, sometimes twenty miles out.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2) | Eliza Lynn Linton
Ruins of the so-called "fish palaces" testify to the failure of the pilchard fishery in the 18th century.
Next evening, as half-past eight was striking, he was at his customary post by the river, above the "Dog and pilchard."The Cathedral | Sir Hugh Walpole
The pilchard fishery is practically at its best directly off the Quiberon peninsula, opposite Lorient and Concarneau.Rambles in Brittany | Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for pilchard
a European food fish, Sardina (or Clupea) pilchardus, with a rounded body covered with large scales: family Clupeidae (herrings)
a related fish, Sardinops neopilchardus, of S Australian waters
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