pikeminnow

noun pike·min·now \ ˈpīk-ˌmi-(ˌ)nō \

Definition of pikeminnow

: any of several large freshwater fishes (genus Ptychocheilus of the family Cyprinidae) of rivers and lakes of western North America that have a long body, deeply forked tail, and large toothless mouth, and that feed chiefly on insects and other fish called also squawfish

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1998

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