[ 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.

Origin of blenny

1745–55; < Latin blennius a kind of fish < Greek blénnos slime, mucus; so called from its slimy coating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (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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Word Origin and History for blenny



1774, from Latin blennius (in Pliny), from Greek blennos, from blenna "slime, mucus," from PIE *mled-sno-, from root *mel- "soft." The fish so called from the coating on its scales.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper