American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several widely distributed, chiefly marine fishes that are primarily of the families Blenniidae and Clinidae and have small, elongated, often scaleless bodies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the genus Blennius, of the family Blenniidœ, and especially of the subfamily Blenniinæ.
- n. Any of various marine fishes from the suborder Blennioidei that are generally small and dwell on the sea floor.
- n. A number of similar but unrelated fish throughout the world.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A marine fish of the genus Blennius or family
Blenniidæ; -- so called from its coating of mucus. The species are numerous.
- n. small usually scaleless fishes with comb-like teeth living about rocky shores; are territorial and live in holes between rocks
- Latin blennius, a kind of sea fish, from Greek blennos, slime, blenny; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Endemic fish include the Malpelo barnacle-blenny Acanthenblemaria stephensi, Malpelo wrasse Halichoeres malpelo, pretty goby Chriolepis lepidotus, Rubinoff's triplefin Axoclinus rubinoffi and twinspot triplefin Lepidonectes bimaculata.”
“Should the fly alight at too great a distance for even a second leap, the blenny moves slowly towards it like a cat to its prey, or like a jumping spider; and, as soon as it gets within two or three inches of the insect, by a sudden spring contrives to pop its underset mouth directly over the unlucky victim.”
“A curious little blenny-fish swarms in the numerous creeks which intersect the mangrove topes.”
“It is the lake cusk or freshwater ling and could be utilized on our tables; but the wolffish, the rock blenny, the angler or goosefish, the skate, and twenty other kinds, are of great value as food.”
“Some of the fishes are of a European type, such as the roach, the barbel, and the blenny; others are markedly”
“_Science Gossip_ he speaks of a pet blenny of his who was not only tame but musical.”
“The viviparous species are by no means so prolific; yet the blenny brings forth two or three hundred at a time, which commence sporting together round their parent the moment they have come into existence.”
“They are in general oviparous, or egg-producing; but there are a few, such as the eel and the blenny, which are viviparous, or produce their young alive.”
“As the blenny appeared to wish to approach the edge of the pool, Disco retired, and, placing a hand on each knee, stooped, in order to make himself as small as possible.”
“It was a small fish -- a familiar fish, too -- which he had known in the pools of his native land by the name of blenny.”
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