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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.
Thunnus and other genera, family Scombridae: several species, including the albacore, bigeye, bluefin, skipjack, and yellowfin
- ‘The industry is stepping up the sardine catch to feed farm-raised tuna.’
- ‘What do cheese, chicken, tuna and oysters have in common?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The cable is clipped to a yellow harness buckled around the girth of the 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.’
- ‘Mix vegetables and water-packed tuna with fat-free mayonnaise or, for a different taste, mix with a fat-free salad dressing.’
- ‘The riskiest fish are large and predatory such as tuna, marlin and swordfish.’
- ‘The tuna tartare and caviar tasted as fine as I remembered, and so did the uni risotto.’
- ‘Dredge the tuna in flour, patting off any excess.’
- ‘Thousands of dolphins are killed every year by Pacific tuna fishing fleets.’
- ‘Packets of rice, pasta, couscous, lentils and bulgar wheat are all larder essentials, as are tins of tomatoes, tuna and anchovies.’
- ‘The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When the oil is hot, sear the tuna for 15-25 seconds on each side.’
- ‘Open-ocean travelers-such as whales, tuna and sharks visit the underwater mountains on their migratory routes.’
- ‘I was mesmerised by the interplay of the tuna and sharks, fusiliers and jacks.’
- ‘The tuna I bought, for example, was two for a dollar.’
- ‘New studies still find fault with tuna fishing practices’
- 1.1 The flesh of the tuna as food.
- ‘The weakening of the currency has encouraged the country's non-oil exports such as tuna fish, fresh fish, and vegetables.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún ‘tunny’.
nounPlural tunasNorth American
1The edible fruit of a prickly pear cactus.
2A cactus that produces tuna, widely cultivated in Mexico.
Genus Opuntia, family Cactaceae: many species, in particular O. tuna of Central America and the Caribbean
Mid 16th century: via Spanish from Taino.
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