blenny


noun, plural blen·nies.

  1. any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, especially of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins inserted before the pectoral fins.

noun plural -nies

  1. any blennioid fish of the family Blenniidae of coastal waters, esp of the genus Blennius, having a tapering scaleless body, a long dorsal fin, and long raylike pelvic fins
  2. any of various related fishes
n.

1774, from Latin blennius (in Pliny), from Greek blennos, from blenna “slime, mucus,” from PIE *mled-sno-, from root *mel- “soft.” The fish so called from the coating on its scales.

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