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barracuda

[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.
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
1670-1680
1670-80; < American Spanish < ?
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Examples 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.
British Dictionary definitions for barracudas

barracuda

/ˌbærəˈkjuːdə/
noun (pl) -da, -das
1.
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 barracudas

barracuda

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for barracudas

barracuda

noun

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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