nounpl. -·vies or -·vy
Origin of anchovyPortuguese anchova from Vulgar Latin an unverified form ap?ua from Classical Latin aphya from Classical Greek aphy?, small fry
nounpl. anchovy, or an·cho·vies
Origin of anchovySpanish anchoa, anchova from Vulgar Latin apiuva from Greek aphuē small fry perhaps a- not ; see a- 1. phuein to become, grow ; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
From Spanish anchova, from Genoese Ligurian anchua anchova or perhaps from a similar Corsican term. The term's ultimate origin is unclear; some suggest it may have derived from an unattested Vulgar Latin term *apiuva, from Latin aphye, from Ancient Greek ἀφύη (aphuē); others suggest it comes from Basque antxu, anchu (“dried fish”), from anchuva (“dry”), if that Basque term is not itself derived from Latin via some intermediary.