Main definitions of tuna in English

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tuna1

noun

  • 1A large and active predatory schooling fish of the mackerel family. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially and is popular as a game fish.

    • ‘Open-ocean travelers-such as whales, tuna and sharks visit the underwater mountains on their migratory routes.’
    • ‘The industry is stepping up the sardine catch to feed farm-raised tuna.’
    • ‘New studies still find fault with tuna fishing practices’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Packets of rice, pasta, couscous, lentils and bulgar wheat are all larder essentials, as are tins of tomatoes, tuna and anchovies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was mesmerised by the interplay of the tuna and sharks, fusiliers and jacks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The riskiest fish are large and predatory such as tuna, marlin and swordfish.’
    • ‘To manipulate the sharks' movement, the film-makers would throw chunks of bloody tuna into the water, which would get the sharks worked up.’
    • ‘What do cheese, chicken, tuna and oysters have in common?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dredge the tuna in flour, patting off any excess.’
    • ‘When the oil is hot, sear the tuna for 15-25 seconds on each side.’
    • ‘The tuna I bought, for example, was two for a dollar.’
    • ‘The tuna tartare and caviar tasted as fine as I remembered, and so did the uni risotto.’
    • ‘Thousands of dolphins are killed every year by Pacific tuna fishing fleets.’
    • ‘The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.’
    1. 1.1 The flesh of the tuna as food, usually canned in oil or brine.
      • ‘The weakening of the currency has encouraged the country's non-oil exports such as tuna fish, fresh fish, and vegetables.’
      • ‘In the morning he bought milk and bread, margarine, three tins of tuna fish and four newspapers.’
      • ‘We sometimes eat black beans and tuna fish from the can for dinner.’
      • ‘I'm back from the market where I've bought tuna fish, red snapper and some walnut halves - all good stuff.’
      • ‘Stein's first course of raw tuna fish starter marinated with passion fruit and green chilli goes perfectly with the Tower Chardonnay he's bought.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

tuna

/ˈt(y)o͞onə/

Main definitions of tuna in English

: tuna1tuna2

tuna2

noun

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

  • 2A cactus that produces tuna, widely cultivated in Mexico.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Spanish from Taino.

Pronunciation:

tuna

/ˈt(y)o͞onə/