Tuna definition

to͝onə, tyo͝o-
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The edible flesh of tuna, often canned or processed.
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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.
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Any of several related fishes, such as the bonito.
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Any of several prickly pears, especially O. ficus-indica, widely cultivated for its edible red fruit.
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The edible fruit of any of these cacti.
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Any of various, usually large, marine, scombroid, food and game fishes (esp. genus Thunnus), including the albacore.
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The flesh of various tunas or tunalike fishes, often canned as food.
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Any of various prickly pears (esp. Opuntia tuna), cultivated for their edible fruits.
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The fruit.
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Any of several species of fish of the genus Thunnus in the family Scombridae.
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The edible flesh of the tuna.
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The prickly pear, a type of cactus native to Mexico in the genus Opuntia.
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The fruit of the cactus.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tuna
Plural:
tunas

Origin of tuna

  • American Spanish from Spanish atún from Arabic at-tūn the tuna from Latin thunnus tunny

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • American Spanish from Taíno

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From American Spanish alteration of the Spanish atún, from Arabic تن (tunn, “tuna"), from Latin thunnus, itself from Ancient Greek θύννος (thunnos), from θύνω (thunō), "I rush, dart along").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary