Tuna Tu"na, n. [Cf. {Tunny}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the mackerel family {Scombridae}, especially the {bluefin tuna} ({Thunnus thynnus}, formerly {Orcynus thynnus} or {Albacora thynnus}), called also the {common tunny} or {great tunny}, a native of the Mediterranean Sea and of temperate parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It sometimes weighs a thousand pounds or more, and is caught commercially in large quantity for use as food; -- also called, especially in Britain, {tunny}. It is also one of the favorite fishes used by the Japanese in preparing sushi. On the American coast, especially in New England, it is sometimes called the {horse mackerel}. Another well-known species is the {yellowfin tuna} ({Thunnus albacares}) of warm seas. the See Illust. of {Horse mackerel}, under {Horse}.

Note: The little tunny ({Gymnosarda alletterata}) of the Mediterranean and North Atlantic, and the long-finned tunny, or albacore ({Thunnus alalunga}) (see {Albacore}), are related species of smaller size. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The bonito, 2. [1913 Webster]

3. the meat of the tuna, used as food; -- also called {tuna fish}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tunny — Tun ny (t[u^]n n[y^]), n.; pl. {Tunnies}. [L. thunnus, thynnus, Gr. qy nnos, qy^nos: cf. It. tonno, F. & Pr. thon.] (Zo[ o]l.) The chiefly British equivalent of {tuna}; any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the Mackerel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tunny — (n.) large sea fish of the mackerel order, 1520s, probably from M.Fr. thon (14c.), from O.Prov. ton, from L. thunnus a tuna, tunny, from Gk. thynnos a tuna, tunny, possibly in the literal sense of darter, from thynein dart along …   Etymology dictionary

  • tunny — [tun′ē] n. pl. tunnies or tunny [MFr thon < Prov ton < L tunnus, thunnus < Gr thynnos] TUNA1 (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • tunny — ► NOUN (pl. same or tunnies) ▪ a tuna. ORIGIN Greek thunnos …   English terms dictionary

  • tunny — /tun ee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) tunny, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) tunnies. Chiefly Brit. tuna1. [1520 30; by apocope < ML tunnina false tunny, n. use of fem. of tunninus like a tunny, equiv. to tunn(us) tunny (var. of… …   Universalium

  • Tunny — Die Lorenz Schlüsselmaschine (auch: Lorenz Schlüsselzusatz), von den britischen Codeknackern „Tunny“ (deutsch: „Thunfisch“) genannt, wurde von der C. Lorenz AG auf Wunsch der deutschen Militärführung als Ergänzung zur Morse Funk basierten Enigma… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tunny — UK [ˈtʌnɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms tunny : singular tunny plural tunnies or tunny British tuna …   English dictionary

  • tunny — tun•ny [[t]ˈtʌn i[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) ny, (esp. for kinds or species) nies. ich brit. tuna I • Etymology: 1520–30; « ML tunnīna false tunny, n. use of fem. of tunnīnus like a tunny …   From formal English to slang

  • tunny — noun (plural tunnies; also tunny) Etymology: modification of Middle French thon or Old Italian tonno; both from Old Occitan ton, from Latin thunnus more at tuna Date: circa 1530 tuna …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Tunny — Ireland was one of the first countries to adopt hereditary surnames. It is known that these were in use before the 1070 1071 A.D. Norman Invasion, although early records are fragmentary. The usual surname form was patronymic, but very… …   Surnames reference

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