- 1A small freshwater Eurasian cyprinoid fish that typically forms large shoals.
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- Phoxinus phoxinus, family Cyprinidae
- There are also rudd, bream, eels, gudgeon, crucian carp, tench, minnows, perch, sticklebacks, the odd trout, pike and barbel present.
- The boys used a net to lift the fish from the mud and took it to their mum, a keen fish keeper who already owns guppies, minnows and a goldfish.
- Other species caught included a handful of pike up to about five pounds in weight and a single chub, plus minnows and bullheads too numerous to count.
- 1.1Any fish of the family Cyprinidae, the largest family of fishes, which includes carps, shiners, spinefins, squawfishes, chubs, daces, and stonerollers.More example sentences
- Another environmentalist land grab is underway in six states to protect the Topeka shiner, a minnow.
- The ‘slab’ crappie that grabs a shiner minnow or small jig requires only a soft lift of a limber tip to set the thin-wire hook.
- And it's the last stronghold for 25 native fish species, including the rare shovelnose sturgeon, the sturgeon chub and the western silvery minnow.
- 1.2Used in names of similar small freshwater fishes, e.g., mudminnow, topminnow.More example sentences
- The central mudminnow not a true minnow was first recorded in Maine in 1999 from the OronoOld Town area.
- Although called a minnow, the topminnow is not really a minnow but belongs to the family Fundulidae.
- 1.3 Fishing An artificial lure imitating a minnow.More example sentences
- I always take a big selection of Sea-Ducers Bend backs, Clouser minnows and Lefty Kreh Deceivers in sizes from 1's through to 4/0's in various colour combinations.
- All you need is a rod capable of casting a fast sinking eight or nine weight line fitted with a two foot leader of about 15 lb breaking strain and a selection of Clouser minnows in size 2's and 4's.
- When chasing bass I would always want a few Clousers minnows in various colours especially chartreuse and white, some Lefty Kreh Deceivers, and a few sand eel patterns and poppers.
- 2A person or organization of relatively small size, power, or influence.More example sentences
- As a result, Bulldog has only attracted 80,000 users to its broadband and telephony service - a minnow in the broadband market.
- They are the mighty minnows of the national league, a wee club with limited history and resources, but an indomitable instinct for survival.
- The Afghan national army is a minnow alongside the 85,000 armed fighters in the ranks of regional warlords.
late Middle English: probably related to Dutch meun and German Münne, influenced by Anglo-Norman French menu 'small, minnow'.
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