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

Recent Examples on the Web

Mozzarella came with anchovies on one visit and with a delicate fried squash blossom the next; stracciatella was paired first with white asparagus, then with plump dark cherries. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Rezdôra Brings Northern Italy to New York City," 9 Aug. 2019 At a clutch of tavernas on the waterfront, locals nibble freshly caught shrimp and anchovies with a shot of raki in the Corinthian Gulf’s briny air. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Puree avocado, parsley, tarragon, lemon zest and juice, oil, garlic, anchovies, and 1/4 cup chives in a blender. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Tossed Salad With Green Goddess Dressing," 26 June 2019 Their specialties include pickled anchovies with spaghetti, or served fresh as tartare. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Even for a fishing fleet, the navigational capacity and range of the vessel, the types of nets and hauling machinery on board, and the downstream processing look quite different when harvesting salmon versus tuna versus anchovies. Liz Specht, WIRED, "Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies," 19 Aug. 2019 My favorite of the bunch is Maum’s play on Korean potato salad, a light, almost foam-like puree of potato served in a crunchy tartlet shell and topped with salty, cricket-size dried anchovies. Soleil Ho,, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019 The Aceitunias modernas y clasicas ($12) features several alongside traditional olives stuffed with piquillo pepper and anchovy. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Disney Springs: Celebrity chef José Andrés has a heavenly hit in Jaleo," 1 Aug. 2019 According to the NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory, humpback whales are filter feeders, and survive off krill, plankton and small fish, such as anchovies — so capturing the sea lion was a complete mistake for the mammal. Claudia Harmata,, "Incredible Photo Captures Humpback Whale Almost Swallowing Up Sea Lion," 30 July 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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