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Definition of sardine:

  1. Any one of several small species of herring which are commonly preserved in olive oil for food, especially the pilchard, or European sardine ( Clupea pilchardus). The California sardine ( Clupea sagax) is similar. The American sardines of the Atlantic coast are mostly the young of the common herring and of the menhaden.
  2. See Sardius.

Synonyms:

sard, pilchard, sardius, Sardina pilchardus.

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