cuttlefish

noun
cut·​tle·​fish | \ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌfish \

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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The rainbow weevil appears to use a similar mechanism to the squid, cuttlefish, and octopus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 Pilot whales primarily eat squid but are also known to hunt octopus, cuttlefish and small fish when squid prove elusive, the American Cetacean Society said. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, "No one could save a pilot whale that swallowed 17 pounds of plastic bags off Thailand," 3 June 2018 Pilot whales primarily eat squid but are also known to hunt octopus, cuttlefish and small fish when squid prove elusive, the American Cetacean Society said. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "No one could save a pilot whale that swallowed 17 pounds of plastic bags off Thailand," 3 June 2018 We were mesmerized by a forest of vibrant corals teaming with cuttlefish, giant purple clams and graceful sea turtles. Rebecca Albright, Scientific American, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," 1 Jan. 2018 From there, head to Esther’s for a slice of Trees’ signature Lasagnete Nero: lobster lasagna with noodles colored by cuttlefish ink. Sunset, "Our Guide to Las Vegas’ Arts District," 22 Jan. 2018 Her team recorded nerve signals from three cephalopod species: a cuttlefish and two species of octopus. Danna Staaf, Science | AAAS, "How to put an octopus to sleep—and make cephalopod research more humane," 4 Apr. 2018 Ultimately the study may offer a path toward understanding other mysteries about cuttlefish. New York Times, "The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick," 15 Feb. 2018 Kohei Okamoto and his research team hypothesized that the cuttlefish may be emulating hermit crabs in order to inconspicuously approach their prey or protect themselves against predators. Hannah Lang, National Geographic, "Cuttlefish Pretend to be Crabs to Catch More Fish," 8 June 2017

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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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cuttlefish

noun
cut·​tle·​fish | \ˈkə-tᵊl-ˌfish \

Kids Definition of cuttlefish

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

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