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[tench] /tɛntʃ/
noun, plural tenches (especially collectively) tench.
1.
a freshwater food fish, Tinca tinca, of Europe and Asia that can survive short periods out of water.
Origin of tench
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tenche < Middle French, Old French < Late Latin tinca
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Examples from the web for tench
  • Coarse fish swam in them: pike and carp, tench and bream, and so on down to the tiny dace and gudgeon.
  • Ere from its bed the dusky tench leapt at the dragonfly.
  • Both lakes contain a mix of carp, bream, tench and roach of varying weights.
  • Other fish that may end up on your hook are tench, rudd, roach and perch.
British Dictionary definitions for tench

tench

/tɛntʃ/
noun
1.
a European freshwater cyprinid game fish, Tinca tinca, having a thickset dark greenish body with a barbel at each side of the mouth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tenche, from Late Latin tinca
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