bay anchovy

noun

Definition of bay anchovy

: a grayish anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) that has a narrow silvery stripe along each side of the body and a short, blunt snout and that is found in shallow coastal and brackish waters of the western Atlantic from Maine to the Yucatán Peninsula The tiny bay anchovy, for example, is so abundant at times it may supply the bulk of annual nutrition for some of the bay's birds and larger fish.— Tom Horton, Baltimore Sun, 27 Aug. 2004 Blitzing stripers in the 28- to 32- foot size class and weighing eight pounds were feeding on bay anchovies.— Peter Kaminsky, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2002

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Bay anchovy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bay%20anchovy. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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