pike·​min·​now ˈpīk-ˌmi-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce pikeminnow (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By examining the predators’ stomachs, the researchers found that pike at that time consumed the most bonytail chub, Colorado pikeminnow and other natives, while the catfish ate few. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 Over five days at the end of March, three technicians from Colorado managed to pull 61 endangered fish over the falls — mostly razorback sucker and a few Colorado pikeminnow, native species that can both live for 30 years. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 Today, several of its native fish species, including the Colorado pikeminnow and the bonytail chub, are drifting toward extinction. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Concerned about a drop in this year’s northern pikeminnow catch, state and federal agencies have extended the 2020 season to Oct. 11 and raised the ante for each fish turned in from the Columbia and Snake rivers. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2020 Three other native species — the Colorado pikeminnow, the bonytail and the roundtail chub — are no longer living in the Grand Canyon. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 22 Jan. 2020 In the United States, protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act have helped stabilize declining populations of green sturgeon and Colorado pikeminnow. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2020 This means releasing smaller perch, keeping reasonable limits and harvesting northern pikeminnow, which are a major predator of juvenile perch. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 16 Jan. 2018 The more northern pikeminnow measuring 9 inches or longer an angler catches, the more the fish are worth. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, 16 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pikeminnow was in 1998

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“Pikeminnow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pikeminnow. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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