noun (plural tench or tenches) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French tenche, from Late Latin tinca Date: 13th century a cyprinid fish (Tinca tinca) native to Eurasia but introduced in the United States and noted for its ability to survive in poorly oxygenated waters

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  • Tench — is of French origins, and is first recorded in Lincolnshire (see below). Traditional research suggested that it was a nickname for a rather sleek person, however logical analysis would infer that the name is metonymic for a keeper of fish,… …   Surnames reference

  • tench — /tench/, n., pl. tenches, (esp. collectively) tench. a freshwater food fish, Tinca tinca, of Europe and Asia that can survive short periods out of water. [1350 1400; ME tenche < MF, OF < LL tinca] * * * ▪ fish       (species Tinca tinca), widely… …   Universalium

  • tench — [tench] n. pl. tenches or tench [ME & OFr tenche < LL tinca] a small, European, freshwater cyprinoid fish (Tinca tinca) now established in North America …   English World dictionary

  • Tench — Tench, n. [OF. tenche, F. tanche, L. tinca.] (Zo[ o]l.) A European fresh water fish ({Tinca tinca}, or {Tinca vulgaris}) allied to the carp. It is noted for its tenacity of life. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tench — [ tentʃ ] noun count a fish that lives in European rivers and lakes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tench — ► NOUN (pl. same) ▪ a freshwater fish of the carp family, popular with anglers. ORIGIN Old French tenche, from Latin tinca …   English terms dictionary

  • Tench — For the submarine class, see Tench class submarine. Taxobox name = Tench status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Cypriniformes familia = Cyprinidae genus = Tinca genus authority …   Wikipedia

  • Tench — Benjamin Montmorency „Benmont“ Tench III (* 7. September 1953 in Gainesville, Florida) ist ein US amerikanischer Keyboarder und Songschreiber. Karriere Er ist neben Tom Petty und Mike Campbell Gründungsmitglied der Band Tom Petty the… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tench — [[t]te̱ntʃ[/t]] N VAR (tench is both the singular and the plural form.) Tench are dark green European fish that live in lakes and rivers …   English dictionary

  • tench — UK [tentʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms tench : singular tench plural tenches a fish that lives in European rivers and lakes …   English dictionary

  • tench — [[t]tɛntʃ[/t]] n. pl. tench•es, (esp. collectively)tench. ich a Eurasian freshwater food fish, Tinca tinca, that can survive short periods out of water • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME tenche < MF, OF < LL tinca …   From formal English to slang

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