Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several widely distributed, chiefly marine fishes that are primarily of the families Blenniidae and Clinidae and have small, elongated, often scaleless bodies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various marine fishes from the suborder Blennioidei that are generally small and dwell on the sea floor.
  • n. A number of similar but unrelated fish throughout the world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A marine fish of the genus Blennius or family Blenniidæ; -- so called from its coating of mucus. The species are numerous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the genus Blennius, of the family Blenniidœ, and especially of the subfamily Blenniinæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small usually scaleless fishes with comb-like teeth living about rocky shores; are territorial and live in holes between rocks

Etymologies

Latin blennius, a kind of sea fish, from Greek blennos, slime, blenny; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Endemic fish include the Malpelo barnacle-blenny Acanthenblemaria stephensi, Malpelo wrasse Halichoeres malpelo, pretty goby Chriolepis lepidotus, Rubinoff's triplefin Axoclinus rubinoffi and twinspot triplefin Lepidonectes bimaculata.

    Malpelo Island Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Colombia

  • Should the fly alight at too great a distance for even a second leap, the blenny moves slowly towards it like a cat to its prey, or like a jumping spider; and, as soon as it gets within two or three inches of the insect, by a sudden spring contrives to pop its underset mouth directly over the unlucky victim.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • A curious little blenny-fish swarms in the numerous creeks which intersect the mangrove topes.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • It is the lake cusk or freshwater ling and could be utilized on our tables; but the wolffish, the rock blenny, the angler or goosefish, the skate, and twenty other kinds, are of great value as food.

    Canada's Fishery Resources

  • Some of the fishes are of a European type, such as the roach, the barbel, and the blenny; others are markedly

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • _Science Gossip_ he speaks of a pet blenny of his who was not only tame but musical.

    Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men

  • The viviparous species are by no means so prolific; yet the blenny brings forth two or three hundred at a time, which commence sporting together round their parent the moment they have come into existence.

    The Book of Household Management

  • They are in general oviparous, or egg-producing; but there are a few, such as the eel and the blenny, which are viviparous, or produce their young alive.

    The Book of Household Management

  • As the blenny appeared to wish to approach the edge of the pool, Disco retired, and, placing a hand on each knee, stooped, in order to make himself as small as possible.

    Black Ivory

  • It was a small fish -- a familiar fish, too -- which he had known in the pools of his native land by the name of blenny.

    Black Ivory

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