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


noun (pl) -na, -nas
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
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


any of various tropical American prickly pear cacti, esp Opuntia tuna, that are cultivated for their sweet edible fruits
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
1881, from Amer.Sp. (California) tuna, from Sp. atun, from Ar. tun, from L. thunnus "tunny" (see tunny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tuna fish


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.
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