American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a large group of small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, widely used as live bait.
- n. Any of various other small, often silver-colored fishes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The smallest of the British cyprinoid fishes, Phoxinus aphya or lævis. Artificial minnows are nsed by anglers for trolling, spinning, or casting, and are made of metal, glass, and rubber, gilded, silvered, or painted attractively.
- n. In the United States, one of many different fishes of small size, Any cyprinoid of the genus Phoxinus, of which there are several species, from 1½ to 3 inches long, in the Mississippi basin and westward, as P. neogœus, P. flammeus, P. phlegethontis. This is the correct use of minnow, though in popnlar speech it extends to various other little cyprinoids, also loosely called roach, dace, shiner, etc. Among these may be mentioned the red minnows of the genus Chrosomus, as C. erythrogas-ter, one of the prettiest of all, 2 or 3 inches long; the silvery minnow, Hybognathus nuchalis, and others of this genus; the black-headed minnow or fathead, Pimephales promelas; the blunt-nosed minnow, Hyborhynchus notalus; the Texan hardmouth minnow, Cochlognathus ornatus; the bull-headed and straw-colored minnows. Cliola taurocephalus and C. straminea; the spotted-tail, C. stigmaturus, and more than 60 other kinds of Cliola; about 50 shiners of the genus Minnilus; various species of the genera Rhinichthys, Ceratichthys, Apocope, Couesius, etc. These abound in fresh waters of the United States, and minnow is the nsual name of all those which have not more particular designations.
- n. A name sometimes given to a very small fish of New Zealand, Galaxias attenuatus, of the family Galaxidæ. Also called whitebait. The Maori name is inanga.
- n. See leatherside.
- n. A small freshwater fish of the carp family.
- n. More generally, any small fish.
- n. soccer A low-level team, in comparison to their opponents.
- v. fishing to fish minnows
- v. fishing to fish (especially trout) using a minnow as bait
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small European fresh-water cyprinoid fish (Phoxinus lævis, formerly Leuciscus phoxinus); sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; -- called also
minimand minny. The name is also applied to several allied American species, of the genera Phoxinus, Notropis, or Minnilus, and Rhinichthys.
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. very small European freshwater fish common in gravelly streams
- From Middle English menow, from Old English *mynwe, oblique form of *mynu, unattested variant of Old English myne ("minnow, small fish"), from Proto-Germanic *muniwō (“minnow”), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“small”). Cognate with Middle Low German mone, möne (West Frisian meun, Dutch meun), Old High German muniwa, munuwa, munewa (German Münne ("minnow")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English meneu; see men-4 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The white cloud mountain minnow is often mislabeled as a white cloud danio.”
“Husky Jerk in clear glass minnow is the lure that has caught me the most smallmouth and walleyes.”
“The marabou minnow is silver tinsel wrapped the length of the body and white marabou tied at the head.”
“This is when i use the pin minnow beacause its a new look to the fish and i find alot of browns hittting it.”
“If you are ice fishing a plain minnow under a bobber will work or a jig tipped with a minnow or powerbait crappie nibbles.”
“In brief, Kenya, our white cloud mountain minnow (tanicthyus albino -- or something very close to that) sometimes also called a white cloud danio -- got some new companions.”
“Tipping these with a whole minnow deadens the action too much; the rear half (tail section) of a 2-inch fathead minnow is just right. 14 colors.”
“Too bad. they are interviewing an additional candidate, so i won't know anything for another couple of weeks. not that i'm in any rush ... minnow is 6 weeks old today and she'll still only sleep in my arms. but she's smiling and much more interactive now, so i'm having more fun at home with her. and now she's awake!”
“If you put your pinkie finger in minnow's mouth she will stop crying.”
“Something similar like white mountain minnow?) who can dart about playfully among the folliage.”
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