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ˈæn tʃoʊ vi, -tʃə-, ænˈtʃoʊ vian·chovy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchovynoun

    tiny fishes usually canned or salted; used for hors d'oeuvres or as seasoning in sauces

  2. anchovynoun

    small herring-like plankton-eating fishes often canned whole or as paste; abundant in tropical waters worldwide


  1. anchovynoun

    Any small saltwater fish of the Engraulidae family, consisting of 160 species in 16 genera, widely used as food.

    Etymology: From anchova.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anchovynoun

    a small fish, about three inches in length, of the Herring family (Engraulis encrasicholus), caught in vast numbers in the Mediterranean, and pickled for exportation. The name is also applied to several allied species

    Etymology: [Sp. anchoa, anchova, or Pg. anchova, prob. of Iberian origin, and lit. a dried or pickled fish, fr. Bisc. antzua dry: cf. D. anchovis, F. anchois.]


  1. Anchovy

    Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species in 17 genera, found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Anchovies are usually classified as an oily fish.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anchovy

    an-chō′vi, n. a small fish of the herring family, much fished in the Mediterranean for pickling, and for a sauce made from it, anchovy-paste, &c.—n. Anchō′vy-pear, the fruit of a myrtaceous Jamaica tree, pickled and eaten like the East Indian mango, which it much resembles in taste. [Sp. and Port. anchova; Fr. anchois. Of doubtful etymology. The Basque anchoa, anchua, has been connected with antzua, dry.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Anchovy

    a small fish captured for the flavour of its flesh and made into sauce.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. anchovy

    The Engraulis encrasicholus. A small fish of the family Clupeidæ, about four inches in length, much used in sauces and seasoning when cured. It is migratory, but principally taken in the Mediterranean, where those of Gorgona are most esteemed in commerce.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anchovy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anchovy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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