an·​cho·​veta | \ ˌan-chō-ˈve-tə How to pronounce anchoveta (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anchovetta

Definition of anchoveta

: a small anchovy (Engraulis ringens) of the Pacific coast from Peru to Chile that forms large schools and is caught commercially especially for use in fish meal also : a related anchovy (Cetengraulis mysticetus) of the Pacific coast from southern California to northern Peru that is caught commercially chiefly for use in fish meal and as bait

Examples of anchoveta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peruvian anchoveta is similar to sardines, but are not consumed directly by humans, while oil sardine is the staple food here (in south India). Haritha John, Quartz India, "Fish meal and fish oil industries are wiping out India’s marine resources," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of anchoveta

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anchoveta

Spanish anchoveta, diminutive of anchova

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“Anchoveta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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