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minnow

[min-oh] /ˈmɪn oʊ/
noun, plural (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) minnows (especially collectively, Rare) minnow for 1, 2, 3.
1.
a small, European cyprinoid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus.
2.
any other fish of the family Cyprinidae, including the carps, goldfishes, and daces.
3.
any of various unrelated, small fishes.
4.
a person or thing that is comparatively small or insignificant.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English minwe, Old English *mynwe (feminine) for myne (masculine); cognate with Old High German munewa kind of fish
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  • The ghastly minnow is part of the largest family of freshwater fish-but so far its fangs are unique.
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  • The basic minnow method of feeding is pipette feeding.
  • The plains minnow is similar to the western silvery minnow in many features.
British Dictionary definitions for minnow

minnow

/ˈmɪnəʊ/
noun (pl) -nows, -now
1.
a small slender European freshwater cyprinid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus
2.
any other small cyprinid
3.
(angling) a spinning lure imitating a minnow
4.
a small or insignificant person
Word Origin
C15: related to Old English myne minnow; compare Old High German muniwa fish
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Word Origin and History for minnow
n.

small freshwater fish, early 15c., probably related to Old English myne, earlier *mynwe, a name for some kind of fish, from Proto-Germanic *muniwon (cf. Middle Low German möne, Dutch meun, Old High German muniwa, German Münne), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE *men- "small." Perhaps influenced in Middle English by French menu "small."

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