American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various often large scombroid marine food and game fishes of the genus Thunnus and related genera, many of which, including T. thynnus and the albacore, are commercially important sources of canned fish. Also called tunny.
- n. Any of several related fishes, such as the bonito.
- n. The edible flesh of tuna, often canned or processed. Also called tuna fish.
- n. Any of several flat-jointed tropical American cacti of the genus Opuntia, which includes the prickly pears, especially O. tuna of Jamaica, having yellow flowers and edible red fruit.
- n. The edible fruit of any of these cacti. Also called cactus pear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common eel of New Zealand, Anguilla aucklandii.
- n. A fish. See Thynnus, Sarda, Orcynus, and tunny.
- n. A species of prickly-pear, Opuntia Tuna, or its fruit. It grows erect, sometimes 20 feet high, is spiny, and is much used for hedges in southern Europe. Its fruit, which is barrel-shaped and 2 or 3 inches long, is much eaten, fresh and dried. It is one of the foremost cochineal-plants, and is said to be the only species used for this production in the Canaries.
- n. Any of several species of fish, of the genus Thunnus, in the family Scombridae.
- n. The edible flesh of the tuna.
- n. A type of cactus native to Mexico in the genus Opuntia.
- n. The fruit of the cactus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The Opuntia Tuna. See Prickly pear, under prickly.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the mackerel family
Scombridae, especially the bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus, formerly Orcynus thynnus or Albacora thynnus), called also the common tunnyor great tunny, a native of the Mediterranean Sea and of temperate parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It sometimes weighs a thousand pounds or more, and is caught commercially in large quantity for use as food; -- also called, especially in Britain, tunny. It is also one of the favorite fishes used by the Japanese in preparing sushi. On the American coast, especially in New England, it is sometimes called the horse mackerel. Another well-known species is the yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) of warm seas. the See Illust.of Horse mackerel, under horse.
- n. The bonito, 2.
- n. the meat of the tuna, used as food; -- also called
- n. important warm-water fatty fish of the genus Thunnus of the family Scombridae; usually served as steaks
- n. any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters
- n. tropical American prickly pear of Jamaica
- n. New Zealand eel
- Taino (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Spanish atún, from Arabic at-tūn, the tuna, from Latin thunnus; see tunny.American Spanish, from Taino. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Chefs like Baggett put the lie to claims by Japanese sushi-industry lobbyists that eating endangered bluefin tuna is essential to Japanese culture.”
“The bluefin tuna is just one living creature suffering from BP's oil.”
“As far as we're aware, all tuna is fish, so we just call it tuna.”
“In September, the bright green craft with a two-man gondola flew over the San Diego headquarters of Chicken of the Sea - part of Greenpeace's effort to stop what it calls a "tuna terrorist" from using fishing practices that it says cause the "needless deaths of sharks, billfish, turtles and other animals.”
“Evidence: Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks have fallen below 15% of their historic levels.”
“Japan should change its stance on bluefin tuna conservation and support a ban on international trade.”
“The Associated Press: EU nations fail to agree on bluefin tuna ban”
“In fact, I think eating tuna is mostly fine and eating dolphin is probably wrong.”
“A single bluefin tuna crosses the north Atlantic over the course of two years, swimming past the Virginia and Maryland coasts.”
“It will take years to understand how much closer the spill pushed the bluefin tuna toward the brink, and years of careful restoration to ensure this magnificent fish does not disappear from the face of the earth.”
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