from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An edible Eurasian freshwater fish (Tinca tinca) having small scales and two barbels near the mouth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of freshwater game fish, Tinca tinca.
  • adj. excellent performance in a tense situation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European fresh-water fish (Tinca tinca, or Tinca vulgaris) allied to the carp. It is noted for its tenacity of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A penitentiary.
  • n. A cyprinoid fish of Europe, Tinca vulgaris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. freshwater dace-like game fish of Europe and western Asia noted for ability to survive outside water


Middle English tenche, from Old French, from Late Latin tinca, probably of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tenche < Late Latin tinca. (Wiktionary)



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