cuttlebone

noun cut·tle·bone \ ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌbōn \

Definition of cuttlebone

: the shell of a cuttlefish that is sometimes used for polishing powder or for supplying cage birds with lime and salts

Origin and Etymology of cuttlebone

Middle English cotul cuttlefish (from Old English cudele) + English bone


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