Definition of tun in English:
1A large beer or wine cask.
- In 1347 he sold 3 tuns of wine to the King's Butler; while in 1349 he exported cloth.
- He gave the order for a tun of the local wine to be delivered by packman to the Earl's castle in late summer.
- As for size, the tonnage of ships in this period was reckoned literally in terms of capacity to carry tuns, or casks, of wine.
3 (also tun shell) A large marine mollusk that has a rounded barrellike shell with broad spirals.
- Family Tonnidae, class Gastropoda
- Most tun shells can be found living in sand, in the tropics beyond the edge of the coral reef.
- Tiny periwinkles, found in profusion in intertidal areas, are gastropods; as are giant tun shells from the deep waters and the quiet limpets who cling to rocks at low tide.
- These tun shells have a large rounded body and are very lightweight for their size.
verb (tuns, tunning, tunned)[with object] archaic Back to top
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