noun an·cho·vy \ˈan-ˌchō-vē, an-ˈ\

: a small fish that has a salty flavor

plural an·cho·vies or an·cho·vy

Full Definition of ANCHOVY

:  any of a family (Engraulidae) of small fishes resembling herrings that includes several (as Engraulis encrasicholus) that are important food fishes used especially in appetizers, as a garnish, and for making sauces and relishes

Examples of ANCHOVY

  1. a salad topped with garlic and anchovies

Origin of ANCHOVY

Spanish anchova
First Known Use: 1595


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