minnow

[ min-oh ]
/ ˈmɪn oʊ /

noun, plural (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) min·nows, (especially collectively, Rare) min·now 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.

Origin of minnow

1325–75; Middle English minwe, Old English *mynwe (feminine) for myne (masculine); cognate with Old High German munewa kind of fish
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minnow
/ (ˈmɪnəʊ) /

noun plural -nows or -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

Word Origin for minnow

C15: related to Old English myne minnow; compare Old High German muniwa fish
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