blenny
noun (plural blennies) Etymology: Latin blennius, a sea fish, from Greek blennos Date: 1769 any of numerous usually small and elongated marine fishes (especially families Blenniidae and Clinidae) including scaled and scaleless forms

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  • blenny — [blen′ē] n. pl. blennies or blenny [L blennius < Gr blennos < blenna, slime, mucus] any of various small marine percoid fishes (esp. family Blenniidae) with a long, many rayed dorsal fin and a tapering body covered with slime blennioid… …   English World dictionary

  • Blenny — Blen ny, n.; pl. {Blennies}. [L. blennius, blendius, blendea, Gr. ?, fr. ? slime, mucus.] (Zo[ o]l.) A marine fish of the genus {Blennius} or family {Blenniid[ae]}; so called from its coating of mucus. The species are numerous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blenny — 1774, from L. blennius (in Pliny), from Gk. blennos, from blenna slime, mucus, from PIE *mled sno , from root *mel soft. The fish so called from the coating on its scales …   Etymology dictionary

  • blenny — ► NOUN (pl. blennies) ▪ a small coastal fish with scaleless skin and spiny fins. ORIGIN from Greek blennos mucus (because of its mucous coating) …   English terms dictionary

  • blenny — /blen ee/, n., pl. blennies. any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, esp. of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted before the pectoral fins. [1745 55; < L blennius a kind of… …   Universalium

  • blenny — /ˈblɛni/ (say blenee) noun (plural blennies or blenny) any of various fishes of Blenniidae and related families, with an elongated tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted farther forward than the pectoral fins. {Latin blennius, from Greek… …   Australian English dictionary

  • blenny — noun a) Any of various marine fishes from the suborder Blennioidei that are generally small and dwell on the sea floor. b) A number of similar but unrelated fish throughout the world …   Wiktionary

  • blenny — small elongated marine fish Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • blenny — noun (plural blennies) a small spiny finned fish with scaleless skin and a blunt head, typically found in shallow coastal waters. [Blennius and other genera, family Blenniidae.] Origin C18: from L. blennius, from Gk blennos mucus (because of its… …   English new terms dictionary

  • blenny — blen·ny …   English syllables

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