The chiefly British equivalent of tuna
; any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the Mackerel family, especially the common or great tunny (Thunnus thynnus
syn. Albacora thynnus
, formerly Orcynus thynnus
) native of the Mediterranean Sea
and the Atlantic Ocean
. It sometimes weighs a thousand pounds or more, and is extensively caught in the Mediterranean. On the American coast it is called horse mackerel
. See Illust.
of Horse mackerel
, under Horse
. [1913 Webster
" The little tunny (Gymnosarda alletterata) of the Mediterranean and North Atlantic, and the long-finned tunny, or albicore (Thunnus alalunga, see Albacore), are related species of smaller size."