Definition of blenny in English:

blenny

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Pronunciation: /ˈblɛni
 
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noun (plural blennies)

  • 1A small spiny-finned marine fish with scaleless skin and a blunt head, typically living in shallow inshore or intertidal waters.
    • Family Blenniidae: several genera, in particular Blennius
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    • While blennies are primarily marine fishes, some members of the family occur in estuaries or in fresh water, for example, in lakes in Italy.
    • The Florida Keys are a great favourite among retired periwinkles, for example, and there's a growing colony of expatriate blennies in the warm waters around the Balearic Islands.
    • Vertical cracks in the walls are well worth investigating as, in addition to the usual shrimps and blennies, conger eels can be found in the larger cracks.
  • 1.1Used in names of other small fishes that resemble or are related to the true blennies, e.g. eel blenny.
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    • Seen much less frequently than the tompot and shanny, the Yarrell's blenny is not actually a true blenny, but belongs to a related family.
    • Triplefin blennies, however, as the name suggests, can be distinguished by their three dorsal fins, the first two composed of spines and the third composed of soft rays.
    • There are the Mediterranean tompot blenny, the bashful yellow-faced or striped blenny, and the tiny Caribbean secretary blenny, giving office staff a bad name.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos 'mucus' (because of its mucous coating).

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