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noun, plural (especially collectively) tun·ny, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tun·nies. Chiefly British.
  1. tuna1.
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Origin of tunny

1520–30; by apocope < Medieval Latin tunnīna false tunny, noun use of feminine of tunnīnus like a tunny, equivalent to tunn(us) tunny (variant of Latin thynnus < Greek thýnnos) + -īnus -ine1
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noun plural -nies or -ny
  1. another name for tuna 1
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Word Origin for tunny

C16: from Old French thon, from Old Provençal ton, from Latin thunnus, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for tunny


large sea-fish of the mackerel order, 1520s, probably from Middle French thon (14c.), from Old Provençal ton, from Latin thunnus "a tuna, tunny," from Greek thynnos "a tuna, tunny," possibly in the literal sense of "darter," from thynein "dart along."

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