cut·​tle·​fish | \ ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌfish How to pronounce cuttlefish (audio) \

Definition of cuttlefish

: any of various marine cephalopod mollusks (order Sepioidea, especially genus Sepia) having eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles and differing from the related squid in having a calcified internal shell

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Examples of cuttlefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These wines were created to be enjoyed with food—consider cappellietti pasta with white cuttlefish ragu and mantis shrimp, or asparagus salad with broad beans, peas, saltwort with a cream of almonds and hazelnuts. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Squid, like octopuses and cuttlefish, camouflage to match their substrates. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Crabs stop feeding, cuttlefish change colors, damselfish are more easily caught. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 The pair took a gondola across the Grand Canal to the nearly 1,000-year-old Rialto fish market to pick up cuttlefish (seppia in Italian), a cousin of the squid and the octopus. Janelle Davis, CNN, 1 May 2022 The avante-garde Italian designer has penned a number of disruptive concepts, including a spectacular 207-foot superyacht that was somewhat strangely inspired by a cuttlefish. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 May 2022 Melanin is found in most living creatures, and when it is studied scientifically, researchers usually use the ink of Sepia officinalis, the common cuttlefish. A.h. Reaume, Longreads, 22 Aug. 2017 Other types of cephalopods include squid, nautiloids and cuttlefish. Erin Spencer, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 Or for tuna tartare and mussels in vadouvan curry, cuttlefish ink spaghetti with uni and salmon with pork belly, spring peas, fava beans, and fiddleheads in a carbonara emulsion. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cuttlefish

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuttlefish

Middle English cotul + English fish

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11 Jul 2022

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

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cut·​tle·​fish | \ ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌfish How to pronounce cuttlefish (audio) \

Kids Definition of cuttlefish

: a sea animal with ten arms that is related to the squid and octopus

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