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minnow

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noun min·now \ˈmi-(ˌ)nō\

Simple Definition of minnow

  • : a very small fish that is often used as bait to catch larger fish

Full Definition of minnow

plural minnows also minnow

  1. 1 a :  a small cyprinid, killifish, or topminnow b :  any of various small fish that are less than a designated size and are not game fish

  2. 2 :  a live or artificial minnow used as bait

Origin of minnow

Middle English menawe; akin to Old English myne minnow, Old High German munewa, a kind of fish


First Known Use: 15th century

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