barracouta

noun
bar·​ra·​cou·​ta | \ ˌber-ə-ˈkü-tə How to pronounce barracouta (audio) , ˌba-rə- \

Definition of barracouta

: 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

First Known Use of barracouta

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barracouta

modification of American Spanish barracuda

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“Barracouta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barracouta. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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