blenny

[ blen-ee ]
/ ˈblɛn i /

noun, plural blen·nies.

any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, especially of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted before the pectoral fins.

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Origin of blenny

1745–55; <Latin blennius a kind of fish <Greek blénnos slime, mucus; so called from its slimy coating
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British Dictionary definitions for blenny

blenny
/ (ˈblɛnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

any blennioid fish of the family Blenniidae of coastal waters, esp of the genus Blennius, having a tapering scaleless body, a long dorsal fin, and long raylike pelvic fins
any of various related fishes

Word Origin for blenny

C18: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos slime; from the mucus that coats its body
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