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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 18th century: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos 'mucus' (because of its mucous coating).
Words that rhyme with blennyantennae, any, Benny, Dene, fenny, jenny, Kenny, Kilkenny, Lenny, many, penne, penny, Rennie
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