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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.

  2. Etymology: From anchova.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anchovynoun

    A little sea-fish, much used by way of sauce, or seasoning. Joseph Justus Scaliger describes the anchovy as of the herring kind, about the length of a finger, having a pointed snout, a wide mouth, no teeth, but gums as rough as a saw. Others make it a sort of sardine, or pilchard; but others, with better reason, hold it a peculiar species, very different from either. It is caught in the months of May, June, and July, on the coasts of Catalonia, Provence, &c. when it constantly repairs up the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean. The fishing is chiefly in the night time; when a light being put on the stern of their little fishing vessels, the anchovies flock round, and are caught in nets. When the fishery is over, they cut off the heads, take out the galls and guts, then lay them in barrels, and salt them. Savary.

    Etymology: from anchova, Span. or anchioe, Ital. of the same signification.

    We invent new sauces and pickles, which resemble the animal ferment in taste and virtue, as the falso-acid gravies of meat; the salt pickles of fish, anchovies, oysters. John Floyer, on the Humours.


  1. Anchovy

    An anchovy is a small, common forage fish of the family Engraulidae. Most species are found in marine waters, but several will enter brackish water, and some in South America are restricted to fresh water.More than 140 species are placed in 17 genera; they are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, and in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Anchovies are usually classified as oily fish.


  1. anchovy

    An anchovy is a small, common salt-water forage fish from the family Engraulidae that is typically found in worldwide oceans. They are popular as a food source and are often used in numerous dishes such as pizzas, salads, and sauces due to their strong, distinctive flavor. They are often sold in a cured and salted form in cans or jars.

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

  2. 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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