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Any of various small edible marine fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially a commercially important European species, Sardina pilchardus, which is often canned. Small pilchards are sometimes called sardines.
1. (Animals) a European food fish, Sardina (or Clupea) pilchardus, with a rounded body covered with large scales: family Clupeidae (herrings)
2. (Animals) a related fish, Sardinops neopilchardus, of S Australian waters
[C16: pylcher, of obscure origin]
1. a small, S European marine fish, Sardina pilchardus, related to the herring but smaller and rounder.
2. any of several related fishes, as Sardinops sagax, common off the California coast.
[1520–30; earlier pilcher; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||pilchard - small fatty fish usually canned |
saltwater fish - flesh of fish from the sea used as food
|2.||pilchard - small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe; smaller and rounder than herring|
clupeid, clupeid fish - any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas