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tuna1

[too-nuh, tyoo-] /ˈtu nə, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) tuna (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tunas.
1.
any of several large food and game fishes of the family Scombridae, inhabiting temperate and tropical seas.
2.
any of various related fishes.
3.
Also called tuna fish. the flesh of the tuna, used as food.
Origin of tuna1
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; < American Spanish, variant of Spanish atún < Arabic al the + tūn < Greek thýnnos tunny

tuna2

[too-nuh, tyoo-] /ˈtu nə, ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
any of various prickly pears, especially either of two erect, treelike species, Opuntia tuna or O. ficus-indica, of Mexico, bearing a sweet, edible fruit.
2.
the fruit of these plants.
Origin
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino
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  • These tuna may return next year and then again they may not return for ten years.

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  • A flock of gulls were circling low, perhaps over a school of tuna.

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  • Bale called back, and in a few hours time he was down in tuna with an elk under each arm.

  • We have tried to introduce principles of the tuna Club of Avalon.

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  • When I think of Sam I think of tuna—those torpedoes of the ocean.

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British Dictionary definitions for tuna

tuna1

/ˈtjuːnə/
noun (pl) -na, -nas
1.
Also called tunny. any of various large marine spiny-finned fishes of the genus Thunnus, esp T. thynnus, chiefly of warm waters: family Scombridae. They have a spindle-shaped body and widely forked tail, and are important food fishes
2.
any of various similar and related fishes
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún, from Arabic tūn, from Latin thunnus tunny, from Greek

tuna2

/ˈtjuːnə/
noun
1.
any of various tropical American prickly pear cacti, esp Opuntia tuna, that are cultivated for their sweet edible fruits
2.
the fruit of any of these cacti
Word Origin
C16: via Spanish from Taino
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Word Origin and History for tuna
n.

1881, from American Spanish (California) tuna, from Spanish atun, from Arabic tun, from Latin thunnus "tunny" (see tunny).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tuna

tummyache

noun

A stomachache: An elephant died of an outsize tummyache at London Airport (1926+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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