squid

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1squid

noun \ˈskwid\

: a sea animal that has a long, thin, soft body and 10 long arms

plural squid or squids

Full Definition of SQUID

:  any of an order (Teuthoidea) of cephalopods having eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles, a long tapered body, a caudal fin on each side, and usually a slender internal chitinous support

Origin of SQUID

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with SQUID

2squid

intransitive verb
squid·dedsquid·ding

Definition of SQUID

:  to fish with or for squid

First Known Use of SQUID

circa 1859

SQUID

noun \ˈskwid\

Definition of SQUID

:  an instrument for detecting and measuring very weak magnetic fields

Origin of SQUID

superconducting quantum interference device
First Known Use: 1967

Rhymes with SQUID

squid

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Squid (Illex coindeti) swimming forward—Douglas P. Wilson

Any of nearly 400 species of 10-armed cephalopods, found in both coastal and oceanic waters, that prey on fishes and crustaceans. They range from less than 0.75 in. (1.5 cm) to more than 65 ft (20 m) long (in the case of the giant squid). Two of the 10 arms are long, slender tentacles; each has an expanded end and four rows of suckers with toothed, hard-edged rings. An internal shell supports the slender tubular body of most species. Squid eyes, almost as complex as human eyes, are usually set into the sides of the head. Squids may be swift swimmers (propelling themselves by contracting and relaxing their mantle or by undulating their two fins) or mere drifters; water expelled from a funnel below the head can propel the squid backward. Like the octopus, the squid may emit an inky cloud from its ink sac when in danger from sperm whales, fishes, or humans, among other predators.

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