noun (plural shannies)
A small, greenish-brown European blenny (fish) of the shoreline and intertidal waters.
- Blennius pholis, family Blennidae.
- Spider crabs stalked the seabed; wrasse, blennies, shannies and rockling darted over the reefs, and pollack wheeled overhead.
- There are several other species to look out for, including the less-common Yarrels blenny, the black-faced blenny, the shanny and the butterfish.
- Within the wreck are conger, lobsters, edible and swimming crabs, packs of prawns, cuttlefish, topknots, flounders, scorpionfish and a host of blennies and shannies.
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with earlier shan, in the same sense.
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