bait fish

baitfish

[beyt-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) baitfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) baitfishes.
1.
a small fish that is a source of food for a larger fish: Fishermen knew the presence of baitfish meant plenty of bass nearby.
2.
Angling. any small fish, as a minnow or shiner, used as bait.

Origin:
bait + fish

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