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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But pick your brand of tunny carefully.
▪ It's tunny how things happen.
▪ It isn't worth wasting butter or work on coarse dark tunny.
▪ Sure enough, we were soon catching bonito, a fish in the tunny family which resembles a huge mackerel.
▪ What fish: tunny the size of small islands themselves.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  2. The bonito, 2.

  3. the meat of the tuna, used as food; -- also called tuna fish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

large sea-fish of the mackerel order, 1520s, probably from Middle French thon (14c.), from Old Provençal ton and directly from Latin thunnus "a tuna, tunny," from Greek thynnos "a tuna, tunny," possibly with a literal sense of "darter," from thynein "dart along."


n. tuna.

  1. n. important warm-water fatty fish of the genus Thunnus of the family Scombridae; usually served as steaks [syn: tuna, tuna fish]

  2. any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters [syn: tuna]


Usage examples of "tunny".

Laurence found that his black mood could not survive their enthusiasm: the boys cheered wildly each time Temeraire rose up with yet another tunny wriggling in his claws, and several of them even sought permission to climb below, the better to be splashed as Temeraire made his catch.

When the argument began to bore me because there was no Mediterranean tunny fish to be had anyhow, I went up to the top floor, to the plant rooms that had been built on the roof, and spent a couple of hours with Theodore Horstmann on the germination records.

Before Tunny could explain that he understood much too well, the screen blanked.

In spite of his purpose, Tunny walked slowly down the hall, observing with pleasure the earnest young coeds in their brief bright skirts and blouses.

While Janet stared with bewildered though lovely blue eyes, Tunny stabbed out numbers on the phone.

It lay alongside the canoe, half dead from its own exertions -- a huge burnished creature of the tunny kind.

Jack fairly shovelling it down like a boy, then half a small tunny, caught by trolling over the side, and then their almost invariable toasted cheese, a Minorcan fromatge duro, not unlike Cheddar, that toasted remarkably well.

Thankfully he had laid in good stores, and there was some advantage in being so close to the galley: bacon, ham, eggs, and coffee came to the table steaming hot, even as they sat down, along with a portion of a great tunny, rolled in pounded ship’.

Temeraire had eaten well that morning, two cows and a large tunny, and Keynes had pronounced himself satisfied with the present progress of the wound.

Ramage thought about calling at the islands to see if they had been raided, but they were almost uninhabited, the haunt of tunny fishermen.

Dinner wound on from fresh anchovies, still present in their countless millions, to steak of tunny, to a tolerable sea-pie, and so to an expected but still heartily welcome spotted dog.

They were a kind of tunny, with bluish-black backs, and silvery breastplates, whose dorsal fins threw out sparkles of gold.

They ate a large quantity of ox-tail soup, Jack fairly shovelling it down like a boy, then half a small tunny, caught by trolling over the side, and then their almost invariable toasted cheese, a Minorcan fromatge duro, not unlike Cheddar, that toasted remarkably well.

And the tunnies themselves were chasing flying squid, and the squid in their turn had pursued a shoal of silver sardines that had been browsing upon the microscopic organisms of pelagic plankton.

The tunnies, torn and battered against submerged rocks, succumbed not long afterward, as did the squid.