tunny

[ tuhn-ee ]
/ ˈtʌn i /

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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for tunny

tunny
/ (ˈtʌnɪ) /

noun plural -nies or -ny

another name for tuna 1

Word Origin for tunny

C16: from Old French thon, from Old Provençal ton, from Latin thunnus, from Greek
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