pilchard

[ pil-cherd ]
/ ˈpɪl tʃərd /

noun

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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Origin of pilchard

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier pilcher; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for pilchard

pilchard
/ (ˈpɪltʃəd) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pilchard

C16: pylcher, of obscure origin
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