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

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

Examples of pikeminnow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Pikeminnow bounty program extended for Columbia, Snake rivers," 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, "Agency proposes to downlist humpback chub on the Colorado River, citing recovery efforts," 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, "The Freshwater Giants Are Dying," 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, "Idaho perch earn national reputation — and it’s about time to land the record-setters," 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, "Columbia River’s northern pikeminnow reward program gets underway," 16 May 2017 There was one tagged fish for every 1,770.6 pikeminnow caught. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Columbia River’s northern pikeminnow reward program gets underway," 16 May 2017 Rules, stations and tips on how to catch pikeminnows are online at pikeminnow.org. Bill Monroe | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Pikeminnow bounty system off to a good start," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of pikeminnow

1998, in the meaning defined above

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“Pikeminnow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pikeminnow. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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