[pil-cherd] /ˈpɪl tʃərd/

a small, southern European, marine fish, Sardina pilchardus, related to the herring but smaller and rounder.
any of several related fishes, as Sardinops caeruleus, common off the California coast.
a European food fish, Sardina (or Clupea) pilchardus, with a rounded body covered with large scales: family Clupeidae (herrings)
a related fish, Sardinops neopilchardus, of S Australian waters

fish of the herring family, 1540s, earlier pilcher (1520s), of unknown origin. The -d- is “excrescent” [OED].


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