cut·​tle·​bone | \ ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌbōn How to pronounce cuttlebone (audio) \

Definition of cuttlebone

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

Examples of cuttlebone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The soft-bodied creatures, which rely on an internal bone called a cuttlebone to control their buoyancy, include more than 100 different species. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Aug. 2021 Some sources say squirrels also appreciate and will use a cuttlebone (usually sold for pet birds and gnawing rodent pets) secured to a tree or a stake. oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cuttlebone

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuttlebone

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

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“Cuttlebone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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