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tench Syllabification: tench
Pronunciation: /ten(t)SH/

Definition of tench in English:

noun (plural same)

A European freshwater fish of the minnow family, popular with anglers and widely introduced elsewhere, including several US states.
  • Tinca tinca, family Cyprinidae
Example sentences
  • This lake is mainly carp, with rudd, roach, eels and tench as back-up fish.
  • Across the way on Acorn Lakes, carp, skimmers, tench and crucians can be found.
  • The club has a lake stocked with fish such as perch, roach, tench, rudd, carp and pike.


Middle English: from Old French tenche, from late Latin tinca.

Words that rhyme with tench

backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, trench, wench, wrench
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