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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that shines, as a star, jewel, or coin.
  • n. Slang A black eye: got a real shiner from stumbling into the door.
  • n. Any of numerous small, often silvery North American freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, especially one of the genus Notropis.
  • n. Any of various other small silvery fishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who shines; a luminary.
  • n. A black eye.
  • n. coon eyes
  • n. A bright piece of money.
  • n. Any of numerous species of small freshwater American cyprinoid fishes of Notropis, Minnilus, and allied genera, such as the redfin.
  • n. Any silvery fish, such as the horsefish, menhaden, or moonfish.
  • n. The common Lepisma, or furniture bug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A luminary.
  • n. A bright piece of money.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of small freshwater American cyprinoid fishes, belonging to Notropis, or Minnilus, and allied genera; as the redfin (Notropis megalops), and the golden shiner (Notemigonus chrysoleucus) of the Eastern United States; also loosely applied to various other silvery fishes, as the dollar fish, or horsefish, menhaden, moonfish, sailor's choice, and the sparada.
  • n. The common Lepisma, or furniture bug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which shines.
  • n. Hence A coin, especially a bright coin; a sovereign.
  • n. One of many different small American freshwater fishes, mostly cyprinoids, as minnows, which have shining, glistening, or silvery scales.
  • n. In angling, a hackle used in making an artificial fly.
  • n. A fishtail, silvertail, or silverfish; any insect of the genus Lepisma. See cut under silverfish.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. important food fish of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean; its body is greenish-blue with dark bars and small if any scales
  • n. any of numerous small silvery North American cyprinid fishes especially of the genus Notropis
  • n. a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye
  • n. something that shines (with emitted or reflected light)


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