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[kuht-l-fish] /ˈkʌt lˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) cuttlefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cuttlefishes.
any of several cephalopods, especially of the genus Sepia, having eight arms with suckers and two tentacles, and ejecting a black, inklike fluid when in danger.
Origin of cuttlefish
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele cuttlefish + fish Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cuttlefish
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  • The bony support of a species of cuttlefish, partly resembling Sepia.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • But he does think, slowly and tenaciously, as a cuttlefish grips.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • Anchovy or cuttlefish is the bait used; sometimes the two are placed on one hook.

  • Aristotle recognises that all his cuttlefish are alike in structure.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Why not some strange thing of the air, as a cuttlefish is of the sea?

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • Gods, too, especially when these gods happen to be cuttlefish, might be petrified.

  • The animal that produces this shell belongs to the octopus, or cuttlefish, family.

  • She leaned a bit heavily on the arm she took as they left the cuttlefish to his ill-conditioned solitude.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • When need be, they seemed able to surround themselves with a cuttlefish cloud of austerity.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • He that uses many words for the explaining of any subject doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself in his own ink.

British Dictionary definitions for cuttlefish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Sepia and related genera, which occur near the bottom of inshore waters and have a broad flattened body: order Decapoda (decapods) Sometimes shortened to cuttle See also squid1
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Word Origin and History for cuttlefish

Old English cudele "the cuttlefish;" first element perhaps related to Middle Low German küdel "container, pocket;" Old Norse koddi "cushion, testicle;" and Old English codd (see cod).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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