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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
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; < American Spanish, variant of Spanish atún < Arabic al the + tūn < Greek thýnnos tunny
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British Dictionary definitions for tuna fish

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 fish

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 fish

tuna

n,n phr
  1. The vulva; cunt
  2. A woman; a female

[1970s+ Black; fr the similarity, recognized esp in black slang, between the odor of the vulva and that of fish or other seafood; perhaps somehow influenced by Tiny Tuna, homosexual slang for a sailor as a sex object]


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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