noun, plural (especially collectively) tunny (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tunnies. Chiefly British.

1520–30; by apocope < Medieval Latin tunnīna false tunny, noun use of feminine of tunnīnus like a tunny, equivalent to tunn(us) tunny (variant of Latin thynnus < Greek thýnnos) + -īnus -ine1

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tunny (ˈtʌnɪ)
n , pl -nies, -ny
another name for tuna
[C16: from Old French thon, from Old Provençal ton, from Latin thunnus, from Greek]

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large sea-fish of the mackerel order, 1530, probably from M.Fr. thon (14c.), from O.Prov. ton, from L. thunnus "a tuna, tunny," from Gk. thynnos "a tuna, tunny," possibly in the literal sense of "darter," from thynein "dart along."
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