anchoveta

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noun an·cho·veta \ˌan-chō-ˈve-tə\
variants: or less commonly

anchovetta

Definition of anchoveta

  1. :  a small anchovy (Cetengraulis mysticetus) of the Pacific coast of America from southern California to Peru

Origin and Etymology of anchoveta

Spanish anchoveta, diminutive of anchova


First Known Use: 1922

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