cuttlefish

noun
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 Lorcan has the best find of the day: a cuttlefish bone smoothed by the sea, silk-soft. Longreads, "‘The Fledglings Are Out!’," 4 May 2021 Iglesias says cuttlefish dreams may be even shorter. Sara Harrison, Wired, "What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep," 16 Apr. 2021 Then in 2019, the state was described in cuttlefish, and this March, a team of scientists in Brazil published a paper in iScience identifying it in octopuses. Sara Harrison, Wired, "What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep," 16 Apr. 2021 Future studies could puzzle out the evolutionary benefit of patience in cuttlefish. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cuttlefish Show Impressive Ability to Exert Self-Control," 4 Mar. 2021 Spectators recorded videos of the animals hunting for cuttlefish near St. Mark’s Square. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dolphins Spotted in Venice’s Grand Canal—For Real This Time," 5 Apr. 2021 The idea for the study arose because previous work has shown that cuttlefish can remember past events. Sara Tabin, Forbes, "Cuttlefish Can Pass The Famed ‘Marshmallow Test,’ Study Finds," 9 Mar. 2021 The longest that a cuttlefish waited was 130 seconds. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cuttlefish Show Impressive Ability to Exert Self-Control," 4 Mar. 2021 Our lineage split from that of cephalopods—the spineless class that includes octopuses, squids and cuttlefish—half a billion years ago. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "An Octopus Could Be the Next Model Organism," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of cuttlefish was in 1591

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12 May 2021

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“Cuttlefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuttlefish. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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cuttlefish

noun
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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