MINNOW (Cy-prinm). One of the smallest of river fish, seldom exceeding two inches in length. They spawn in April, and crowd together in large shoals, chiefly in shallow waters, where, from their frequency in biting they are easily not sick, which is only presently after spawning, hath a kind of dappled or waved colour, like a panther, on his sides, inclining to a greenish and sky colour, his belly being milk-white, and his back almost black or blackish. In the spring they make excellent minnow tansies; for being washed well in salt, and their heads and tails cut off, and their guts taken out, they are fried with yolks of eggs, primroses, and tansey.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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