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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Many biologists are fascinated by cephalopods, the group that includes octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Search for New Model Organisms," 26 July 2016 Here the shallow pans of Spanish rice cooked with duck leg confit and bok choy; Norwegian lobster, cuttlefish and peas; seasonal vegetables; or monkfish, prawns, saffron and spinach. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "MAD: A sensory ambush arrives at River Oaks District," 19 June 2019 Intelligent life isn’t limited to land: The octopus brain is one of the most remarkable on Earth, and its cousin the cuttlefish is no slouch, either. John Wenz, Discover Magazine, "The Secret Origins of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," 11 Feb. 2019 The cuttlefish, for example, is a master of disguise. Quanta Magazine, "How to Grow a New Model Organism," 27 July 2016 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

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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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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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