squid

noun (1)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \
plural squid or squids

Definition of squid

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of an order (Teuthoidea) of cephalopods having eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles, a long tapered body, a caudal fin on each side, and usually a slender internal chitinous support

squid

verb
squidded; squidding

Definition of squid (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fish with or for squid

SQUID

noun (2)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce SQUID (audio) \

Definition of SQUID (Entry 3 of 3)

: an instrument for detecting and measuring very weak magnetic fields

Examples of squid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Who eats who in the cold waters of the Bering Sea and Northern Pacific Ocean, and is one of these fish or squid passing a heftier dose of mercury on to Steller sea lions? Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Steller sea lions from the western Aleutians have a higher level of mercury. Where does it come from?," 31 Oct. 2020 Add another tablespoon of oil, and scatter the squid evenly over the pan. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Mains," 16 Sep. 2020 The scrutiny uncovered traces of the coronavirus in some cases, such as on packages of frozen squid from Russia and fish from Indonesia and Norway in recent weeks. Jon Emont, WSJ, "China Wants to Screen You for Coronavirus—and Your Frozen Fish," 16 Oct. 2020 Jerry Lau explains) is stir-fried with a fine, crumbly mixture of beef and pork, along with squid and shrimp. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Nood Awakenings: Discover some of the 407′s apex carbs," 30 Sep. 2020 Many seaside shops offer coolers of pick and mix BBQ items: fish balls, chicken wings, corn, squid, small fish, mushrooms and more. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?," 23 Sep. 2020 Butler also encourages home cooks to think beyond the big three seafoods (salmon, tuna, shrimp), and explore making dishes featuring local squid, octopus, mackerel, sardines and anchovies. Sarah Henry, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Cruz fisher goes all in on seafood, whether it’s salmon — or slime eel," 18 Sep. 2020 The jjampong is a noodle soup with shrimp, squid, mussels and vegetables. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Here's a guide to the food court at Arizona's only H Mart grocery store in Mesa," 13 Sep. 2020 Nicknamed the jumbo squid, these cephalopods can reach up to six feet in length and 110 pounds. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fourteen Fun Facts About Love and Sex in the Animal Kingdom," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That shell is part of what makes the ram’s horn squid special. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Strange Squid Filmed in the Wild for the First Time," 3 Nov. 2020 Not too long after that, when the story fast-forwards to its alternate reality 2019, squids rain down from the sky. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "HBO’s “Watchmen” is weird and dangerous, just like it needs to be," 17 Oct. 2019 But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "You Can Totally Cook Squid at Home and Here's How," 23 June 2017 But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "You Can Totally Cook Squid at Home and Here's How," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of squid

Noun (1)

1613, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squid

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

superconducting quantum interference device

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The first known use of squid was in 1613

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Last Updated

19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squid. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for squid

squid

noun
How to pronounce SQUID (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of squid

: a sea animal that has a long, thin, soft body and 10 long arms

squid

noun
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \

Kids Definition of squid

: a sea mollusk that is related to the octopus and has a long thin soft body with eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles

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