barracuda

[bar-uh-koo-duh]
noun, plural (especially collectively) barracuda (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) barracudas for 1; barracudas for 2.
1.
any of several elongated, predaceous, tropical and subtropical marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena, certain species of which are used for food.
2.
Slang. a treacherous, greedy person.

Origin:
1670–80; < American Spanish < ?

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barracuda (ˌbærəˈkjuːdə)
 
n , pl -da, -das
any predatory marine teleost fish of the mostly tropical family Sphyraenidae, esp Sphyraena barracuda. They have an elongated body, strong teeth, and a protruding lower jaw
 
[C17: from American Spanish, of unknown origin]

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barracuda
1670s, from Amer.Sp. barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.
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Example sentences
My sharp-eyed companions pointed out barracuda and a nurse shark, lying quietly
  in the shallows.
And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a
  barracuda.
The site is decorated with a rainbow of corals and sponges and frequented by
  barracuda, spadefish and sea turtles.
Barracuda are attracted to shiny objects, mistaking them for small prey fish.
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