/tun"ee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) tunny, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) tunnies. Chiefly Brit.
[1520-30; by apocope < ML tunnina false tunny, n. use of fem. of tunninus like a tunny, equiv. to tunn(us) tunny (var. of L thynnus < Gk thýnnos) + -inus -INE1]

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