Re: NANFA-- Words based on fish names

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 21:26:54 -0400

Interesting list. But I had always thought that the word minnow was derived
from the Latin word "minimus", meaning small, especially since it's a not
very exact term for a large group of fishes.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>minnow (MIN-o) noun
> 1. Any of the small freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family.
> 2. Someone or something considered insignificant.
>[Ultimately from Old High German munewa, a kind of fish, via Old English
>and Middle English.]
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