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.

1670–80; < American Spanish < ? Unabridged
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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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Word Origin & History

1670s, from Amer.Sp. barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.
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barracuda definition

  1. n.
    a predatory person, especially a predatory woman. : She's a barracuda. Better watch out!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences for barracudas
The larger barracudas are more or less solitary in their habits.
Barracudas will stop after the first bite as humans are not their normal food source.
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