Mummichog Mum"mi*chog, n. [Amer. Indian name.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small American cyprinodont fishes of the genus {Fundulus}, and of allied genera; the killifishes; -- called also {minnow}. [Written also {mummychog}, {mummachog}.] [1913 Webster]

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, (Leuciscus phoxinus)

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