Shin"er (?), n.

That which shines. Specifically:

(a) A luminary.

(b) A bright piece of money. [Slang]

Has she the shiners, d' ye think? Foote.

<-- [Colloq.] A bruised eye; a black eye. -->

(c) Zool.

Any one of numerous species of small freshwater American cyprinoid fishes, belonging to Notropis, or Minnilus, and allied genera; as the redfin (Notropis megalops), and the golden shiner (Notemigonus chrysoleucus) of the Eastern United States; also loosely applied to various other silvery fishes, as the dollar fish, or horsefish, menhaden, moonfish, sailor's choice, and the sparada.

(d) Zool.

The common Lepisma, or furniture bug.

Blunt-nosed shiner Zool., the silver moonfish.


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