giant squid

noun

Definition of giant squid

: any of a genus (Architeuthis) of extremely large squids that may attain a length of 60 feet (18 meters) and include the largest mollusks known

Examples of giant squid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the giant squid ignored it in favor of visual signals. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 Aug. 2022 Nerve cells of the giant squid can reach up to 39 feet long. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 Mesopelagic fish, squid and crustaceans turned up in the stomachs of tuna, swordfish and blue sharks, while sperm whale stomachs contained the indigestible beaks of deep-sea squid, including the giant squid Architeuthis. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Bond escapes through an air duct then battles with a captive giant squid, rescues Ryder (who had been tied down to be nibbled away by crabs). John Mariani, Forbes, 13 June 2022 In her singular imaginings, mermaids swim up to watch TV news about their planet, ships play tag with giant squid, and humans get up close and personal with a purple narwhal with blue wings. New York Times, 1 June 2022 Giant ichthyosaurs with teeth were likely similar to sperm whales and killer whales today, using their teeth to capture prey like giant squid. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Molluscs are a huge and diverse group of squishy creatures that range from tiny snails that are less than 2 millimeters (0.008 inch) in size to the giant squid that can reach more than 13 meters (43 feet) in length. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 In fact, just about everything about the giant squid is giant! Sean Mcgowan, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of giant squid

1872, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2022

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“Giant squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant%20squid. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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