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noun, plural (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) minnows (especially collectively, Rare) minnow for 1–3.
a small, European cyprinoid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus.
any other fish of the family Cyprinidae, including the carps, goldfishes, and daces.
any of various unrelated, small fishes.
a person or thing that is comparatively small or insignificant.
noun (pl) -nows, -now
a small slender European freshwater cyprinid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus
any other small cyprinid
(angling) a spinning lure imitating a minnow
a small or insignificant person

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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