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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In an interview with Berkeleyside, Top Hatters chef-owner DanVy Vu admitted to a love of mixing fish sauce into her spaghetti, marrying the briny umami of anchovies with the acid of tomatoes. Soleil Ho,, "With Top Hatters, San Leandro rocks a destination restaurant," 12 July 2019 Clam juice is just a kinder, gentler version of an anchovy or Asian fish sauce. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why You Should Add Clam Juice to Your Shopping List," 24 June 2019 The third, meanwhile, was formerly believed to represent a guano bird—a large coastal seabird that dines on anchovies and produces poop that acts as a valuable fertilizer—but was also determined to show a pelican. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify Exotic Birds Depicted in Peru’s Mysterious Nazca Lines," 22 June 2019 One study found 80 percent of the anchovies in Tokyo Bay contain plastic: another found more than three million plastic bags in the Bay of Osaka. Washington Post, "Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution.," 18 June 2019 Instead of a muffuletta, Café Cour has a muffulettu, a Sicilian sandwich with tuna, anchovies and pecorino cheese that provided the blueprint for our local, hubcap-sized favorite., "Café Cour, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, celebrates city’s past," 13 June 2019 Make dressing: In a small bowl, mash together 2 anchovies and ½ clove garlic, minced, to form a paste. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 In a bowl, combine oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste, and Parmesan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette," 20 May 2019 In medium bowl, combine garlic, anchovy paste, onion and vinegar and let sit 5 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Striped Bass with Radish Salsa Verde," 2 May 2019

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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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