an·​cho·​vy | \ ˈan-ˌchō-vē How to pronounce anchovy (audio) , an-ˈ\
plural anchovies or anchovy

Definition of 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

Examples of anchovy in a Sentence

a salad topped with garlic and anchovies

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Unlike anchovy fillets, which need heat to dissolve, paste can be whisked easily into a creamy dressing or room-temp sauce. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 6 Pantry Staples Giada De Laurentiis Can’t Live Without," 17 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile in a food processor, combine remaining olive oil, garlic and anchovies. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 Once hot, add the anchovy and garlic and fry just until the garlic is starting to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Garlic, parsley, capers, lemon and even smashed anchovy could also be part of the mixture. David Tanis, New York Times, "An Especially Summery Take on Spaghetti and Clams," 18 May 2018 In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork fat, bread-crumb purée, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, anchovy paste, chile powder, caraway seeds, ground fennel seeds, salt, and fish sauce. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 In a large bowl, combine beef, pork fat, bread-crumb purée, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, anchovy paste, chile powder, caraway seeds, ground fennel seeds, salt and fish sauce. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 About ⅛ teaspoon of anchovy paste gives it even more umami, 1 tsp. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 5 Best Bloody Mary Mixes—and How Bartenders Doctor Them Up," 12 Apr. 2018 Add lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste, and garlic. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Charred Gem Lettuce," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of anchovy

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anchovy

Spanish anchova

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: a small fish that has a salty flavor

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