1. Any of various edible fishes of the family Clupeidae that are frequently canned, especially small herrings of western Atlantic waters and Sardina pilchardus of European waters.
2. Any of various other small, silvery, edible freshwater or marine fishes.
tr.v. sar·dined, sar·din·ing, sar·dines
To pack tightly; cram: "The bars are sardined with hungry hopefuls" (Gael Greene).
[Middle English sardin, from Old French sardine, from Latin sardīna, from sarda, a kind of fish, ultimately from Greek Sardō, Sardinia.]
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