a member of any of two genera (Sardina and Sardinops) of small, oily, marine clupeid fishes; esp., the commercial sardine (Sardina pilchardus) of W Europe
Origin of pilchardearlier pilcher from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Any of various small edible marine fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially a commercially important European species, Sardina pilchardus, which is often canned. Small pilchards are sometimes called sardines.
Origin of pilchardOrigin unknown
(plural pilchard or pilchards)