Anchovy
Anchovy An*cho"vy ([a^]n*ch[=o]"v[y^]), n. [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.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • anchovy — [an′chō΄vē, an′chəvē; an΄chō′vē] n. pl. anchovies or anchovy [Port anchova < VL * api̯ua < L aphya < Gr aphyē, small fry] any of a family (Engraulidae) of very small fishes (order Clupeiformes) with large mouths, found mostly in warm… …   English World dictionary

  • anchovy — (n.) 1590s, from Port. anchova, from Genoese or Corsican dialect, perhaps ultimately from either L. apua small fish (from Gk. aphye small fry ) [Gamillscheg, Diez], or from Basque anchu dried fish, from anchuva dry [Klein, citing Mahn] …   Etymology dictionary

  • anchovy — ► NOUN (pl. anchovies) ▪ a small fish of the herring family, with a strong flavour. ORIGIN Spanish and Portuguese anchova …   English terms dictionary

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  • anchovy — /an choh vee, cheuh , an choh vee/, n., pl. anchovies. any small, marine, herringlike fish of the family Engraulidae, esp. Engraulis encrasicholus, found in the Mediterranean Sea, often preserved in oil and used in salads, spreads, etc., or… …   Universalium

  • Anchovy — Original name in latin Anchovy Name in other language Anchovy, Anchovy Station State code JM Continent/City America/Jamaica longitude 18.4103 latitude 77.93166 altitude 214 Population 4161 Date 2012 01 16 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • anchovy — UK [ˈæntʃəvɪ] / US [ˈænˌtʃoʊvɪ] / US [ænˈtʃoʊvɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms anchovy : singular anchovy plural anchovies a type of small fish that tastes of salt and is often preserved in oil …   English dictionary

  • anchovy — n. (pl. ies) any of various small silvery fish of the herring family usu. preserved in salt and oil and having a strong taste. Phrases and idioms: anchovy pear a W. Indian fruit like a mango. anchovy toast toast spread with paste made from… …   Useful english dictionary

  • anchovy — noun Anchovy is used before these nouns: ↑fillet …   Collocations dictionary

  • anchovy — [16] English acquired anchovy from Spanish anchova (the word first turns up as an item on Falstaff’s bill at the Boar’s Head: ‘Anchovies and sack after supper … 2s 6d’, 1 Henry IV 1596), but before that its history is disputed. One school of… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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