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n. pl. minnow or min·nows
1. Any of a large group of small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, widely used as live bait.
2. Any of various other small, often silver-colored fishes.
n, pl -nows or -now
1. (Animals) a small slender European freshwater cyprinid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus
2. (Animals) any other small cyprinid
3. (Angling) angling a spinning lure imitating a minnow
4. a small or insignificant person
[C15: related to Old English myne minnow; compare Old High German muniwa fish]
n., pl. (esp. for kinds or species) -nows, (esp. collectively, Rare) -now.
1. a small, European cyprinoid fish, Phoxinus phoxinus.
2. any fish of the family Cyprinidae, characterized by jaws without teeth and smooth overlapping scales and including the carps, goldfishes, and daces.
[1325–75; Middle English minwe, Old English *mynwe (feminine) for myne (masculine); c. Old High German munewa kind of fish]