from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small marine fishes related to the herrings, especially a commercially important edible species, Sardina pilchardus, of European waters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small European food fish (Clupea pilchardus) resembling the herring, but thicker and rounder. It is sometimes taken in great numbers on the coast of England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the family Clupeidæ, Clupea pilchardus, resembling the herring, but thicker and rounder, with the under jaw shorter, the back more elevated, the belly less sharp, and the mouth edentulous.
- n. A fish, Clupea sagax, closely related to the pilchard.
- n. A third fish of the family Clupeidæ, Harengula macrophthalma.
- n. The young menhaden.
- n. A fish, Sardinella sagax, which visits the Australian shores periodically in large shoals: apparently the same as the Californian and Chilean pilchard, and closely related to the English pilchard, Sardinella pilchardus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe; smaller and rounder than herring
- n. small fatty fish usually canned
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)