anchoveta

anchoveta

[an-choh-vet-uh, -chuh-]
noun
an anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, found along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja California, used for bait.

Origin:
1935–40; < Spanish, equivalent to anchov(a) anchovy + -eta < Latin -itta diminutive suffix

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anchoveta (ˌæntʃəˈvɛtə)
 
n
a small anchovy, Cetengraulis mysticetus, of the American Pacific, used as bait by tuna fishermen
 
[C20: Spanish, diminutive of anchovaanchovy]

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