anchovy

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish anchova, from Genoese Ligurian anchua anchova or perhaps from a similar Corsican term. The term's ultimate origin is unclear; some suggest it may have derived from an unattested Vulgar Latin term *apiuva, from Latin aphye, from Ancient Greek ἀφύη ‎(aphúē); others suggest it comes from Basque antxu, anchu ‎(dried fish), from anchuva ‎(dry),[1] if that Basque term is not itself derived from Latin via some intermediary.[2]

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anchovy ‎(plural anchovies)

  1. Any small saltwater fish of the Engraulidae family, consisting of 160 species in 16 genera, of which the genus Engraulis is widely sold as food.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ anchovy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Robert Lawrence Trask, The History of Basque