Main definitions of tuna in English

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tuna1

noun

  • 1A large and active predatory schooling fish of warm seas, extensively fished commercially and popular as a game fish.

    See also tunny
    • ‘The industry is stepping up the sardine catch to feed farm-raised tuna.’
    • ‘You can grill these burgers to desired doneness, but if you like your ahi burgers rare, make sure that the tuna you've purchased is sushi grade.’
    • ‘When the oil is hot, sear the tuna for 15-25 seconds on each side.’
    • ‘Dredge the tuna in flour, patting off any excess.’
    • ‘The riskiest fish are large and predatory such as tuna, marlin and swordfish.’
    • ‘I was mesmerised by the interplay of the tuna and sharks, fusiliers and jacks.’
    • ‘The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.’
    • ‘New studies still find fault with tuna fishing practices’
    • ‘The tuna tartare and caviar tasted as fine as I remembered, and so did the uni risotto.’
    • ‘Open-ocean travelers-such as whales, tuna and sharks visit the underwater mountains on their migratory routes.’
    • ‘To manipulate the sharks' movement, the film-makers would throw chunks of bloody tuna into the water, which would get the sharks worked up.’
    • ‘In the tuna canning factories close to Mari Tere's shop some 60 women clad in white robes, work manually cleaning and putting anchovies and tuna in glass containers and tins.’
    • ‘As a rule, I avoid lumps of grilled tuna: it's fish for people who don't like eating fish, or just don't like eating.’
    • ‘What do cheese, chicken, tuna and oysters have in common?’
    • ‘The tuna I bought, for example, was two for a dollar.’
    • ‘Tom Fitzgerald said fish landings were down on the previous year because of the ban on tuna drift net fishing and severe restrictions on quotas of other species.’
    • ‘The cable is clipped to a yellow harness buckled around the girth of the tuna.’
    • ‘Mix vegetables and water-packed tuna with fat-free mayonnaise or, for a different taste, mix with a fat-free salad dressing.’
    • ‘Packets of rice, pasta, couscous, lentils and bulgar wheat are all larder essentials, as are tins of tomatoes, tuna and anchovies.’
    • ‘Thousands of dolphins are killed every year by Pacific tuna fishing fleets.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The flesh of this fish as food, usually canned in oil or brine.

Origin

Late 19th century: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún tunny.

Pronunciation:

tuna

/ˈtjuːnə/

Main definitions of tuna in English

: tuna1tuna2

tuna2

noun

North american
  • 1The edible fruit of a prickly pear cactus.

  • 2A prickly pear cactus, widely cultivated in Mexico for its edible fruit.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Spanish from Taino.

Pronunciation:

tuna

/ˈtjuːnə/