- a freshwater food fish, Tinca tinca, of Europe and Asia that can survive short periods out of water.
Origin of tench
1350–1400; Middle English tenche < Middle French, Old French < Late Latin tinca
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Examples from the Web for tench
When of a good size, as in Holland, they are a remarkably fine fresh-water fish, though not so delicate as carp or tench.
Carp is the chief stock; but tench and perch, eels and pike are raised.Highways & Byways in Sussex
There were three other fish in the aquarium, two tench and a gold carp.The Dawn of Reason
“And the great jack and chub and tench we used to fish out,” said Uncle Bob.Patience Wins
George Manville Fenn
Tench are tenacious of life, but sluggish and fond of lying at the bottom.
- a European freshwater cyprinid game fish, Tinca tinca, having a thickset dark greenish body with a barbel at each side of the mouth
C14: from Old French tenche, from Late Latin tinca
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