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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 of blenny
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin blennius a kind of fish < Greek blénnos slime, mucus; so called from its slimy coating
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  • “She is the blenny, there is no doubt about it,” cried Jack.

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  • The fact is, Hemming has got command of the blenny, and I applied and got appointed to her.

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  • The hard-pressed crew of the blenny responded to it, but they had to exert every nerve and muscle to keep the enemy at bay.

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  • The blenny could be seen, though she had ceased firing, gliding on towards them.

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  • Presently the blenny put its head out of the water, and looked about.

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  • Rouse up, blenny dear, and tell me about these notes of invitation for our dinner-party.

  • Hitherto the crew of the blenny were not aware that their powder was exhausted.

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  • Captain Grant had fully expected to find the blenny there, and was much disappointed at her non-appearance.

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  • A blenny which lies out of water on lava-rocks, leaping from one to another with great agility.

  • This made her captain and crew grow bold, and approach still nearer to the blenny.

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British Dictionary definitions for blenny

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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