-  English acquired anchovy from Spanish anchova (the word first turns up as an item on Falstaff’s bill at the Boar’s Head: ‘Anchovies and sack after supper … 2s 6d’, 1 Henry IV 1596), but before that its history is disputed. One school of thought holds that it comes via Italian dialect ancioa from Vulgar Latin *apjua, which in turn was derived from Greek aphúē ‘small fry’; but another connects it with Basque anchu, which may mean literally ‘dried fish’.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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anchovy — [an′chō΄vē, an′chəvē; an΄chō′vē] n. pl. anchovies or anchovy [Port anchova < VL * api̯ua < L aphya < Gr aphyē, small fry] any of a family (Engraulidae) of very small fishes (order Clupeiformes) with large mouths, found mostly in warm… … English World dictionary
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