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 The baby bobtail squid, which glow in the dark, will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on the interactions between microbes and animals. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 The squid can then use that bacteria to glow in the dark. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 June 2021 Construction on the squid began in October 2020 and it was moved to its new home in Noto earlier this year. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2021 Ecuadorean officials said Chinese fishing threatened the biodiversity of the Galápagos, where some animals depend on the squid that the Chinese vessels were netting. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Park officials also confirmed the sac is related to the California market squid. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 But many commercial fishermen in New England remain staunchly opposed to the wind turbines, proposed to be built on traditional fishing grounds for scallops, squid, sea bass and other fish. Author: Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2021 Dishes with homemade pasta are a delight to the senses, including scialatielli, short, curvy noodles from the Amalfi Coast, in a wonderful cherry tomato sauce full of frutti de mare — shrimp, scallops, mussels, squid. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2021 La Jolla shores are calm, warm, shallow and the varied habitats in this region are teeming with wildlife such as clams, crabs, shrimp, squid, fish, and fish eggs. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But for Humboldt squid the expansion of these dead zones has been a lifeline to new habitats. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2010 This meal can include everything from smelt and eel to squid and mussels. Jason Bittel, Family, 15 Dec. 2020 That shell is part of what makes the ram’s horn squid special. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 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, 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, 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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“Squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squid. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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squid

noun

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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