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.
[Middle English meneu; see men-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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