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cuttlebone

[kuht-l-bohn] /ˈkʌt lˌboʊn/
noun
1.
the calcareous internal shell of cuttlefishes, used to make powder for polishing and fed to canaries and other pet birds to supply their diet with lime.
Origin of cuttlebone
1805-1815
1805-15; cuttle(fish) + bone
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  • There were crushed pieces of calcined material that looked like cuttlebone.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Of such is the cuttlebone of commerce, which is a calcareous leaf-like body obtained from Sepia, the cuttlefish.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for cuttlebone

cuttlebone

/ˈkʌtəlˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
the internal calcareous shell of the cuttlefish, used as a mineral supplement to the diet of cage-birds and as a polishing agent
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