Definition of tench in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɛn(t)ʃ/

noun (plural same)

A European freshwater fish of the carp family, popular with anglers and widely introduced elsewhere.
  • 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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