baitfish

noun bait·fish \ ˈbāt-ˌfish \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of baitfish

: a small fish (such as a golden shiner or menhaden) that attracts and is a food source for a larger game fish; also : a fish used for bait

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