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 HortonBaltimore Sun27 Aug. 2004
  • Blitzing stripers in the 28- to 32- foot size class and weighing eight pounds were feeding on bay anchovies.
  • —Peter KaminskyNew York Times20 Oct. 2002

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First Known Use of bay anchovy

1941


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