topminnow

noun
top·​min·​now | \ ˈtäp-ˌmi-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce topminnow (audio) \

Definition of topminnow

: any of several live-bearers (family Poeciliidae) or killifish (family Cyprinodontidae)

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Even a few dry days in Cienega Creek could be disastrous for wildlife like the topminnow. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 This network of waters, at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, provides a home to scarce animals including the Gila topminnow, a sparkly-silver, inch-long fish, and Gila chub, which are larger and more rotund. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 In its arguments, the group cites the whiteline topminnow, a species that used to live in Big Spring before the development in downtown Huntsville. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Alabama auto plant could wipe out endangered fish, group says," 11 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, golden topminnows and killifish shelter in the shadows hoping to avoid bass and bream lurking in the underwater forest created by the tall stalks and flower stems. Ben Raines | Braines@al.com, AL.com, "Stranded in the Delta with nothing but time and a camera," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of topminnow

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of topminnow was in 1884

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