anchovy

noun

an·​cho·​vy ˈan-ˌchō-vē How to pronounce anchovy (audio)
an-ˈchō-vē
plural anchovies or anchovy
: any of a family (Engraulidae) of small fishes resembling herrings that includes several (such as Engraulis encrasicholus) that are important food fishes used especially in appetizers, as a garnish, and for making sauces and relishes

Example Sentences

a salad topped with garlic and anchovies
Recent Examples on the Web Add anchovy, then slowly add olive oil in a thin, steady stream. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Another projected that by 2100, oxygen loss and warming could halve the range of the West Coast anchovy—a forage fish that helps support entire ecosystems. Julia Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Don’t be afraid of the anchovy; rinsing and blotting the fillets tames the harshness. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 Some of the fish stocks being overexploited include Japanese anchovy, Alaska pollock, and South American pilchard. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 Lawson devotes one chapter to the unglamorous anchovy. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2021 An ignominious conclusion for the anchovy lineage; a delicious conclusion for our Caesar salads. CNN, 30 May 2020 In all these recipes, there were so many anchovies. Kerry Elson, The New Yorker, 28 May 2020 Pissaladières are caramelized onion tarts with olives and anchovies. Saveur, 15 May 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish anchova

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anchovy was in 1582

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“Anchovy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anchovy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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anchovy

noun

an·​cho·​vy ˈan-ˌchō-vē How to pronounce anchovy (audio)
an-ˈchō-vē
plural anchovies or anchovy
: any of numerous small fishes resembling herrings that include several that are important food fishes used especially for sauces and relishes

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