One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tuna, especially the bluefin.
- ‘My grandfather owned a tunny boat that sailed out of Whitby each summer.’
- ‘During that time he had been the only angler to land a tunny fish by rod and line.’
- 1.1 Tuna as food.
- ‘After this masterpiece with its tunny fish salads and 'steak risotto' gets knocked down he'll be in Scotland, 'for the melancholia'.’
- ‘Put the spaghetti into the saucepan and move them about with a fork and spoon until they are thoroughly mixed with the sauce and the tunny.’
- ‘When the tunny have been fried add a teaspoonful of chopped parsley and four tomatoes, peeled and the seeds removed, and a pinch of pepper.’
Mid 16th century: from French thon, via Latin from Greek thunnos.
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