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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of bay anchovy

1941, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bay anchovy

Share bay anchovy

Dictionary Entries near bay anchovy

bayadere

bayamo

Bayamón

bay anchovy

bay antler

Bayard

bay bar

Statistics for bay anchovy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bay anchovy

The first known use of bay anchovy was in 1941

See more words from the same year

Comments on bay anchovy

What made you want to look up bay anchovy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

noxious or harmful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!