Definition of shanny in English:

shanny

Syllabification: shan·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈSHanē
 
/

noun (plural shannies)

  • A small, greenish-brown European blenny (fish) of the shoreline and intertidal waters.
    • Blennius pholis, family Blennidae
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with earlier shan, in the same sense.

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