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mooneye

[moon-ahy] /ˈmunˌaɪ/
noun, plural mooneyes.
1.
Veterinary Pathology. an eye of a horse affected with moon blindness.
2.
any silvery, herringlike fish of the family Hiodontidae, especially Hiodon tergisus, found in fresh waters from Hudson Bay to the lower Mississippi, having large eyes.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; moon + eye
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British Dictionary definitions for mooneyes

mooneye

/ˈmuːnˌaɪ/
noun
1.
any of several North American large-eyed freshwater clupeoid fishes of the family Hiodontidae, esp Hiodon tergisus See also goldeye
2.
(vet science) another name for moon blindness (sense 2)
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mooneye

North American freshwater fish of the family Hiodontidae. The mooneye is a spirited catch but is not greatly valued as food. Mooneyes are herring-like in appearance, with sharp teeth, large eyes, and deeply forked tail fins. Those of the species Hiodon tergisus are bright silvery fish and may be about 42.5 centimetres (17 inches) long. The goldeye, H. (sometimes called Amphiodon) alosoides, is blue-backed, silvery, and grows to about 25 cm; the southern mooneye (H. selenops) is a silvery fish growing to about 30 cm.

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