- any of various, usually large, marine, scombroid, food and game fishes (esp. genus Thunnus), including the albacore
- the flesh of various tunas or tunalike fishes, often canned as foodalso called tuna fish
Origin of tunaAmerican Spanish ; from Spanish atún ; from Arabic t?n ; from Classical Latin thunnus: see tunny
- any of various prickly pears (esp. Opuntia tuna), cultivated for their edible fruits
- the fruit
Origin of tunaSpanish ; from Taino
- Any of several prickly pears, especially O. ficus-indica, widely cultivated for its edible red fruit.
- The edible fruit of any of these cacti. Also called cactus pear.
Origin of tunaAmerican Spanish, from Taíno.
nounpl. tuna or tu·nas
- a. Any of various often large scombroid marine food and game fishes of the genus Thunnus and related genera, several of which, including albacore and skipjack tuna, are commercially important sources of canned fish. Also called tunny.b. Any of several related fishes, such as the bonito.
- The edible flesh of tuna, often canned or processed. Also called tuna fish.
Origin of tunaAmerican Spanish, from Spanish atún, from Arabic at-t&umacron;n, the tuna, from Latin thunnus; see tunny.
(plural tuna or tunas)
From American Spanish alteration of the Spanish atÃºn, from Arabic ØªÙ† (tunn, “tuna"), from Latin thunnus, itself from Ancient Greek Î¸ÏÎ½Î½Î¿Ï‚ (thunnos), from Î¸ÏÎ½Ï‰ (thunÅ), "I rush, dart along").