sardine

A sardine is a very small, oily fish. You might like to eat sardines on toast for lunch. If you do, we suggest an after-lunch mint may be in order.

Sardines are most often bought canned, lined up in rows in little tins. The word sardine is actually a general term — it refers to a type of fish, most often a small herring, while a slightly larger one is sometimes called a pilchard. The phrase "packed like sardines," describing people crowded together in a tight spot like an elevator or a subway car, comes from the way sardines look in cans. The word itself comes from the Mediterranean island Sardinia.

Primary Meanings of sardine

1.
n
small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe; smaller and rounder than herring
2.
n
a deep orange-red variety of chalcedony
Full Definitions of sardine
1

n small fishes found in great schools along coasts of Europe; smaller and rounder than herring

Synonyms:
Sardina pilchardus, pilchard
Types:
Pacific sardine, Sardinops caerulea
small pilchards common off the pacific coast of North America
Type of:
clupeid, clupeid fish
any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas

n any of various small edible herring or related food fishes frequently canned

Types:
sild
any of various young herrings (other than brislings) canned as sardines in Norway
Clupea sprattus, brisling, sprat
small herring processed like a sardine
Type of:
food fish
any fish used for food by human beings
clupeid, clupeid fish
any of numerous soft-finned schooling food fishes of shallow waters of northern seas

n small fatty fish usually canned

Synonyms:
pilchard
Type of:
saltwater fish
flesh of fish from the sea used as food
2

n a deep orange-red variety of chalcedony

Synonyms:
sard, sardius
Type of:
calcedony, chalcedony
a milky or greyish translucent to transparent quartz

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