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Syllabification: tu·na
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞onə
 
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noun (plural same or tunas)

1A large and active predatory schooling fish of the mackerel family. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially and is popular as a game fish.
Example sentences
  • The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.
  • Tom Fitzgerald said fish landings were down on the previous year because of the ban on tuna drift net fishing and severe restrictions on quotas of other species.
  • As a rule, I avoid lumps of grilled tuna: it's fish for people who don't like eating fish, or just don't like eating.
1.1 (also tuna fish) The flesh of the tuna as food, usually canned.
Example sentences
  • The weakening of the currency has encouraged the country's non-oil exports such as tuna fish, fresh fish, and vegetables.
  • We sometimes eat black beans and tuna fish from the can for dinner.
  • Stein's first course of raw tuna fish starter marinated with passion fruit and green chilli goes perfectly with the Tower Chardonnay he's bought.

Origin

late 19th century: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún.

Words that rhyme with tuna

crooner, harpooner, lacuna, lacunar, lampooner, Luna, lunar, mizuna, Oona, oppugner, Poona, pruner, puna, schooner, spooner, Tristan da Cunha, tuner, Una, vicuña, yokozuna

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Syllabification: tu·na
Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞onə
 
/

noun

North American
1The edible fruit of a prickly pear cactus.
2A cactus that produces tuna, widely cultivated in Mexico.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Spanish from Taino.

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