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cuttlefish

[kuht-l-fish] /ˈkʌt lˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) cuttlefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cuttlefishes.
1.
any of several cephalopods, especially of the genus Sepia, having eight arms with suckers and two tentacles, and ejecting a black, inklike fluid when in danger.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele cuttlefish + fish
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  • The technology for doing this is demonstrated daily by members of the octopus and cuttlefish families.
  • It was from cuttlefish-the squid's larger, thick-fleshed cousin.
  • Fortunately, cuttlefish don't wear shoes, so the tv was spared.
  • Among the invertebrates the octopus, squid and cuttlefish are rather brainy.
  • Other marine products promoted include frozen fish, squid, cuttlefish and lobster.
  • As no such cuttlefish exists, it is probable the creature described was a giant squid.
British Dictionary definitions for cuttlefish

cuttlefish

/ˈkʌtəlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Sepia and related genera, which occur near the bottom of inshore waters and have a broad flattened body: order Decapoda (decapods) Sometimes shortened to cuttle See also squid1
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Word Origin and History for cuttlefish
n.

Old English cudele "the cuttlefish;" first element perhaps related to Middle Low German küdel "container, pocket;" Old Norse koddi "cushion, testicle;" and Old English codd (see cod).

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