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anchovies

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Anchovy \An*cho"vy\ ([a^]n*ch[=o]"v[y^]), noun [Sp. anchoa, anchova, or Pg. anchova, prob. of Iberian origin, and lit. a dried or pickled fish, fr. Bisc. antzua dry: cf. D. anchovis, F. anchois.] (Zool.) A small fish, about three inches in length, of the Herring family ({Engraulis encrasicholus}), caught in vast numbers in the Mediterranean, and pickled for exportation. The name is also applied to several allied species.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

anchovy

noun

1: tiny fishes usually canned or salted; used for hors d'oeuvres or as seasoning in sauces

2: small herring-like plankton-eating fishes often canned whole or as paste; abundant in tropical waters worldwide


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