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[bar-uh-koo-duh] /ˌbær əˈku də/
noun, plural (especially collectively) barracuda (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) barracudas for 1; barracudas for 2.
any of several elongated, predaceous, tropical and subtropical marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena, certain species of which are used for food.
Slang. a treacherous, greedy person.
Origin of barracuda
1670-80; < American Spanish < ? Unabridged
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Examples from the web for barracuda
  • 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.
  • Snorkel in a reef environment, swim with dolphins and see sharks, barracuda and sting rays.
  • barracuda, a line of swimming goggles, has expanded to include goggles for skiing and boating.
  • The great barracuda has a long silver body, large jaw, and obvious teeth.
British Dictionary definitions for barracuda


noun (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
Word Origin
C17: from American Spanish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for barracuda

1670s, from American Spanish barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for barracuda



A predator; a treacherous person: barracudas at the casino

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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