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blenny

[blen-ee] /ˈblɛn i/
noun, plural blennies.
1.
any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, especially of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted before the pectoral fins.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin blennius a kind of fish < Greek blénnos slime, mucus; so called from its slimy coating
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  • Three of the fish had silversides in their bellies, and one had a small blenny.
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blenny

/ˈblɛnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
any blennioid fish of the family Blenniidae of coastal waters, esp of the genus Blennius, having a tapering scaleless body, a long dorsal fin, and long raylike pelvic fins
2.
any of various related fishes
Word Origin
C18: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos slime; from the mucus that coats its body
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Word Origin and History for blenny
n.

1774, from Latin blennius (in Pliny), from Greek blennos, from blenna "slime, mucus," from PIE *mled-sno-, from root *mel- "soft." The fish so called from the coating on its scales.

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