cuttlebone

noun
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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cuttlebone

Statistics for cuttlebone

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cuttlebone

The first known use of cuttlebone was in 1547

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on cuttlebone

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cuttlebone

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cuttlebone

Comments on cuttlebone

What made you want to look up cuttlebone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!