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topminnow

[ top-min-oh ]

noun

, plural (especially collectively) top·min·now, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) top·min·nows.
  1. any of several small, surface-swimming fishes of the egg-laying family Cyprinodontidae and the live-bearing family Poeciliidae, some of which are used in mosquito control.


topminnow

/ ˈtɒpˌmɪnəʊ /

noun

  1. any of various small American freshwater cyprinodont fishes that are either viviparous (genera Heterandria, Gambusia, etc) or egg-laying (genus Fundulus )


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Word History and Origins

Origin of topminnow1

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; top 1 + minnow
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Word History and Origins

Origin of topminnow1

from top 1+ minnow ; so called because they are small and swim near the surface of the water

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