Tunny
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 family, especially the common or great tunny ({Thunnus thynnus} syn. {Albacora thynnus}, formerly {Orcynus thynnus}) native of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It sometimes weighs a thousand pounds or more, and is extensively caught in the Mediterranean. On the American coast it is called {horse mackerel}. See Illust. of {Horse mackerel}, under {Horse}. [Written also {thynny}.] [1913 Webster]

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


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  • 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 — 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}),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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