Origin of tunny
Examples from the Web for tunny
An old Cornish name for the tunny, or a scomber, larger than the horse-mackerel.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The flesh of the tunny is much esteemed, being firm and wholesome.The Ocean World:
The medals of Asido, Florez describes as having sometimes a bull, and at others a fish of the tunny kind, upon them.
The tunny, coming in contact with this net, become alarmed, and make off from it in the only direction left open to them.
The next morning, and for many mornings afterwards, not a tunny was to be seen.Lords of the World
Alfred John Church
- another name for tuna 1
Word Origin and History for tunny
large sea-fish of the mackerel order, 1520s, probably from Middle French thon (14c.), from Old Provençal ton, from Latin thunnus "a tuna, tunny," from Greek thynnos "a tuna, tunny," possibly in the literal sense of "darter," from thynein "dart along."