One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sardine, anchovy, or other small fish similarly prepared for eating.
- ‘We go back to the Medusa restaurant where I tell the old woman that her sardelles from last week were delicious and then ask f she has any more.’
- ‘Mix the onion, sardelles and zucchini with the eggs.’
Late 16th century: from Italian sardella, diminutive of sarda (see sardine).
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