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pilchard (n.)

fish of the herring family, 1540s, earlier pilcher (1520s), a word of unknown origin, with unetymological -d, perhaps by influence of words in -ard. Century Dictionary suggests Celtic origin, as the fish appear every July in great numbers on the Cornish coast; OED says the Irish word for them is from the English word.

updated on June 11, 2020

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Definitions of pilchard from WordNet

pilchard (n.)
small fatty fish usually canned;
Synonyms: sardine
pilchard (n.)
small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe; smaller and rounder than herring;
Synonyms: sardine / Sardina pilchardus
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