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Borrowed from Latin alec (herring).


alec (countable and uncountable, plural alecs)

  1. An anchovy or herring, especially pickled or dried.
  2. A sauce made from alecs; alec sauce.

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  • New Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary By Edy G. Schaffer, HarperCollins, 1996, page 446, "Fish...pickle ALEC" and "Fish...sauce ALEC"
  • An abridgement of Ainsworth's dictionary, English and Latin By Robert Ainsworth & Thomas Morell, Kimber & Conrad and Johnson & Warner, 1808, page 173, "herring, Alec [...] pickled herring, Alec"
  • "Fish sauces", Fraser's Magazine, Volume 43 By Thomas Carlyle, J. Fraser, 1851, page 267, "[T]he ancient alec corresponds to the modern anchovy... Garum, like alec, was sometimes the name given to a Greek fish (the species unknown) and sometimes the sauce formed from it." [Italics added]
  • "Herrings", The Westminster Review, Volumes 81-82, J.M. Mason, 1864, page 178, "The anchovy...was well known and appreciated by the ancients, at least in a pickled state. It was known to the Romans by alec or halec and aphya; it appears at one time to have been used in making the celebrated garum or fish sauce, of which the alec sauce was a thickened variety". [Italics retained from original]
  • Prose halieutics: or, Ancient and modern fish tattle By David Badham, J. W. Parker and Son, 1854, page 70-72, "Alec, like garum, was at once the name of a fish and of a sauce made from it... That the fish called halecula, of which the alec [sauce] was originally made, was the anchovy, seems probable [...but some] manufactured alec out of crabs, oysters, shrimps, sea-urchins, and a variety of improper substitutes".




ālēc n (genitive ālēcis); third declension

  1. Alternative spelling of allēc


Third-declension noun (neuter, imparisyllabic non-i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ālēc ālēca
Genitive ālēcis ālēcum
Dative ālēcī ālēcibus
Accusative ālēc ālēca
Ablative ālēce ālēcibus
Vocative ālēc ālēca


  • alec”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • alec”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers