• WordNet 3.6
    • n tench freshwater dace-like game fish of Europe and western Asia noted for ability to survive outside water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tench (Zoöl) A European fresh-water fish (Tinca tinca, or Tinca vulgaris) allied to the carp. It is noted for its tenacity of life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tench A penitentiary.
    • n tench A cyprinoid fish of Europe, Tinca vulgaris. It inhabits the streams and lakes of the European continent, and in England it is frequent in ornamental waters and ponds. The fish attains a length of from 10 to 12 inches. It has very small smooth scales. The color is generally a greenish-olive above, a light tint predominating below. It is very sluggish, inhabits bottom-waters, and feeds on refuse vegetable matter. It is very tenacious of life, and may be conveyed alive iu damp weeds for long distances. The flesh is somewhat coarse and insipid. The tench was formerly supposed to have some healing virtue in the touch. I. Walton (“Complete Angler,” p. 175) says: “The Tench … is observed to be a Physician to other fishes, … and it is said that a Pike will neither devour nor hurt him, because the Pike, being sick or hnrt by any accident, is cured by touching the Tench.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tench tensh a fresh-water fish, of the carp family, very tenacious of life.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. tenche, F. tanche, L. tinca,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tenche (Fr. tanche)—L. tinca.


In literature:

They didn't mean the moat for nothing else, sir, but carp, tench, and eels.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
They were mostly jack or tench, and by the evening they had caught nearly a hundred.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Witnesses, Nicholas Thorne, Walter Prior, and John Tench.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Perch and tench may be done the same way.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Nevertheless the pike is friend unto the tench, as to his leech and surgeon.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
Gently, almost without moving, the float had printed a ring on the water, the sign of a tench.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
Squire was Tench's backer down Putney way last week, and knows all the reggerlations off by heart, does Squire.
"The Wayfarers" by J. C. Snaith
The whiting would gladly have eaten up the tench, when the goldfish led forth on his right arm Rabette, and on his left Albano, to dinner.
"Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
It's cram full of tench.
"An Old Story of My Farming Days Vol. II (of III)." by Fritz Reuter
I know a capital place to go to, I mean lake Lauban in the pine wood at Rexow, where I'm sure to catch a good dish of tench.
"An Old Story of My Farming Days Vol. III (of III)." by Fritz Reuter

In poetry:

E--Say, what avails it that my servant speaks
Italian, English, Arabic, and Greek,
Besides Albanian; if he don't speak French,
How can I ask for salt, or shrimps, or tench?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
What in his angling did he catch?
Well worth the time it was to watch
How bream and tench he took.
Men thronged upon the banks and gazed;
At bream and tench they looked amazed,
The triumphs of his hook.
"A Wife Bemoans Her Husband's Absence" by Confucius

In news:

The Green Kingdom Floatation Theme Incidental Music Tench.
And there was one night when Benmont Tench was there, from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In science:

Tench, “Large-mass ultra-low noise germanium detectors: Performance and applications in neutrino and astroparticle physics,” J.
The Majorana Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment