bar·​ra·​cou·​ta ˌber-ə-ˈkü-tə How to pronounce barracouta (audio)
: a large elongate marine bony fish (Thyrsites atun of the family Gempylidae) used for food and caught commercially in the waters off New Zealand and southern Australia

Word History


modification of American Spanish barracuda

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barracouta was in 1770

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Cite this Entry

“Barracouta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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