Any of various small marine fishes related to the herrings, especially a commercially important edible species, Sardina pilchardus, of European waters.(noun)
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Use "pilchard" in a sentence
"The pilchard is a little fish resembling a small herring."
"Actually, the best sardine (pilchard) I ever had was pan-sized - salted and flame grilled until the skin was black."
"And the Penguin chews the scenery as if coated in pilchard paste and quacks "Penguins mate for life" into Catwoman's ear."