Origin of tuna1
1880–85, Americanism; < American Spanish, variant of Spanish atún < Arabic al the + tūn < Greek thýnnos tunny
- any of various prickly pears, especially either of two erect, treelike species, Opuntia tuna or O. ficus-indica, of Mexico, bearing a sweet, edible fruit.
- the fruit of these plants.
Origin of tuna2
1545–55; < Spanish < Taino
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Examples from the Web for tuna
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While the President chomped on his tuna fish sandwich, the Blackhawk pilot explained the details of his crash.I Shot Bin Laden
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The next step was to steal one of the six pound tuna cans from the warehouse.
The birdman cooked the flesh in his ‘kitchen’, which was a tuna can on top of an ‘eye’ just like mine.
Who the hell would have a tuna sandwich first thing in the morning?Welcome to Yooperland, A Little Slice of Finland in Michigan
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When the tuna is raised so high he will refuse to come any higher, and then there is a deadlock.
If the angler rests the tuna will not only rest, too, but he will take more and more line.
When I think of Sam I think of tuna—those torpedoes of the ocean.
There lives no fisherman but what there lives a tuna that can take the conceit and the fight out of him.
These tuna may return next year and then again they may not return for ten years.
- Also called: tunny any of various large marine spiny-finned fishes of the genus Thunnus, esp T. thynnus, chiefly of warm waters: family Scombridae . They have a spindle-shaped body and widely forked tail, and are important food fishes
- any of various similar and related fishes
C20: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún, from Arabic tūn, from Latin thunnus tunny, from Greek
- any of various tropical American prickly pear cacti, esp Opuntia tuna, that are cultivated for their sweet edible fruits
- the fruit of any of these cacti
C16: via Spanish from Taino
Word Origin and History for tuna
1881, from American Spanish (California) tuna, from Spanish atun, from Arabic tun, from Latin thunnus "tunny" (see tunny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper