Definition of Minnow

1. Noun. Very small European freshwater fish common in gravelly streams.

Exact synonyms: Phoxinus Phoxinus
Generic synonyms: Cyprinid, Cyprinid Fish
Group relationships: Genus Phoxinus, Phoxinus



Definition of Minnow

1. n. A small European fresh-water cyprinoid fish (Phoxinus lævis, formerly Leuciscus phoxinus); sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; -- called also minim and minny. The name is also applied to several allied American species, of the genera Phoxinus, Notropis, or Minnilus, and Rhinichthys.

Definition of Minnow

1. Noun. A small freshwater fish of the carp family. ¹

2. Noun. More generally, any small fish. ¹

3. Noun. (football) A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents. ¹

4. Verb. (fishing) to fish minnows ¹

5. Verb. (fishing) to fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Minnow

1. a small fish [n -S]

Medical Definition of Minnow

1. 1. A small European fresh water cyprinoid fish (Phoxinus laevis, formerly Leuciscus phoxinus); sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; called also minim and minny. The name is also applied to several allied American species, of the genera Phoxinus, Notropis, or Minnilus, and Rhinichthys. 2. Any of numerous small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus, and related genera. They live both in fresh and in salt water. Called also killifish, minny, and mummichog. Origin: OE. Menow, cf. AS. Myne; also OE. Menuse, OF. Menuise small fish; akin to E. Minish, minute Alternative forms: minow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Minnow

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minnesinger
minnesingers
minnesotaite
minnick
minnicked
minnicks
minnie
minnie bush
minniebush
minnies
minnit
minnock
minnocked
minnocks
minnow (current term)
minnower
minnowers
minnows
minny
mino
mino bird
mino birds
minocycline
minor(ip)
minor-league
minor-league club
minor-league team
minor agglutinin

Literary usage of Minnow

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1. The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton (1904)
"CHAPTER XVIII Of the minnow or Penk, of the Loach, and of the Bull-head or ... The minnow hath, when he is in perfect season, and not sick (which is only ..."

2. The Complete Angler: Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, Being a by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton (1875)
"... hot weather makes excellent sport for young anglers, or boys, or women that love that recreation. And in the spring they make of them excellent minnow- ..."

3. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"minnow, the common name of many small cyprinodont fishes, of the genera fundulus ... The common minnow, or "cobbler" of the young smelt fishers ..."

4. Mosquito Eradication by Walter Ernest Hardenburg (1922)
"The males are olive or light-brown, the edges of the scales being darkish; the females have light, olive fins, with no dark markings. THE SPOTTED TOP minnow ..."

5. Letters to a Salmon Fisher's Sons by Alfred Henry Chaytor (1910)
"minnow FISHING MY DEAR BOYS,—Avoid minnow fishing for salmon as a canker that will eat into some of the very best days of your fly fishing. ..."

6. The Modern Practical Angler: A Complete Guide to Fly-fishing, Bottom-fishing by Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell (1870)
"The bead thus prevents the friction of the minnow fraying the gut below. The minnow can be so adjusted that the trace and tail- hooks may either spin with ..."

7. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The common minnow, or " cobbler " of the young smelt fishers (F. ... Heck.) is sometimes called brook minnow. The British minnow or minim ..."

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