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Meaning of MINNOW

Pronunciation:  'minow

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  very small European freshwater fish common in gravelly streams

MINNOW is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: Phoxinus phoxinus
 See Also: cyprinid, cyprinid fish, genus Phoxinus, Phoxinus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Min"now\, n. [OE. menow, cf. AS. myne; also OE. menuse,
OF. menuise small fish; akin to E. minish, minute.] [Written
also {minow}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A small European fresh-water cyprinoid fish
   ({Phoxinus l[ae]vis}, formerly {Leuciscus phoxinus});
   sometimes applied also to the young of larger kinds; --
   called also {minim} and {minny}. The name is also applied
   to several allied American species, of the genera
   {Phoxinus}, {Notropis}, or {Minnilus}, and {Rhinichthys}.

2. (Zo["o]l.) 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}.