noun (plural same or tunas)
1A large and active predatory schooling fish of the mackerel family. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially and is popular as a game fish.
- Thunnus and other genera, family Scombridae: several species, including the albacore, bigeye, bluefin, skipjack, and yellowfin
- The aim is to reduce the incidental catch of gamefish like marlin while allowing stocks of swordfish, oceanic sharks and tuna to replenish themselves.
- Tom Fitzgerald said fish landings were down on the previous year because of the ban on tuna drift net fishing and severe restrictions on quotas of other species.
- As a rule, I avoid lumps of grilled tuna: it's fish for people who don't like eating fish, or just don't like eating.
1.1 (also tuna fish) The flesh of the tuna as food, usually canned.
- The weakening of the currency has encouraged the country's non-oil exports such as tuna fish, fresh fish, and vegetables.
- We sometimes eat black beans and tuna fish from the can for dinner.
- Stein's first course of raw tuna fish starter marinated with passion fruit and green chilli goes perfectly with the Tower Chardonnay he's bought.
late 19th century: from American Spanish, from Spanish atún.