pilchard

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English[edit]

The European pilchard (Sardina pilchardus).

Etymology[edit]

Unknown.

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Noun[edit]

pilchard ‎(plural pilchard or pilchards)

  1. Any of various small oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae.
    • 1839, John Hookham Frere (translator), The Birds, lines 76–77, in Acharnians and two other plays
      He longs occasionally for human diet,
      His old Athenian fare: pilchards, for instance.

Usage notes[edit]

The terms sardine and pilchard are not precise, and what is meant depends on the region. Often, the smaller fish are termed sardines and the larger ones pilchards.

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