an·cho·vy | \ ˈan-ˌchō-vē , 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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Zinc Bistro Tempting starters include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($16); and Creekstone steak tartare served with Noble anchovy toast ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 An appetizer portion, topped with puttanesca sauce thickened with pureed olive-anchovy butter, is just $14.95. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Just light a nice cigar, pour yourself a good three fingers of single malt Scotch, or a stiff martini with garlic/anchovy olives, and sit. John Kass,, "Backyard gardening, step one: Have a drink and just stare at the dirt," 9 May 2018 Creamy new-crop potatoes deserve a little appreciation before they’re sent off to root cellars, and Mr. Hardy built a fine appetizer around them with leggy broccoli sprouts and melting chunks of fresh mozzarella spiked with anchovy. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Add the anchovies and cook, whisking, until the garlic is golden, 5 to 7 minutes more. Noelle Carter,, "Culinary SOS: 'Heirloom tomato' bagna cauda, lap cheong, crème fraîche, fines herbes," 31 May 2018 Along with the sauteed red pepper, mix 1½ tablespoons minced anchovies (about 9 medium-small fillets, preferably oil packed), ¼ cup capers, rinsed and chopped, and ½ cup chopped fresh parsley into the ground lamb. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Salsa verde Italian salsa verde (distinct from Mexico’s version) can be as simple as parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, anchovies, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper all spun together and used to top any meat or fish. Alex Van Buren,, "Why Basil Is So Good for You—Plus 14 Ways to Use More of It All Summer Long," 14 May 2018 In the pot, the sauce is delightfully spicy from crushed red peppers, and bold with anchovies, olives, capers, and herbs. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Toss spicy Italian puttanesca with shrimp and angel hair in this sublime summer dish," 18 June 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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