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 anchova, possibly from Vulgar Latin *apiuva, ultimately from Greek aphu&emacron;.
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.