[ shan-ee ]
/ ˈʃæn i /
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noun, plural shan·nies.
a scaleless blenny, Blennius pholis, living in waters along the coast of Europe, having an olive-green body marked with dark spots.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of shanny
First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for shanny
/ (ˈʃænɪ) /
noun plural -nies
a European blenny, Blennius pholis, of rocky coastal waters
Word Origin for shanny
C19: of obscure origin
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