pl. -·da or -·das
- any of a family (Sphyraenidae) of fierce, pikelike percoid fishes of tropical seas: some species are edible
- Informal a person who is ruthlessly aggressive, esp. in business or professional matters
Origin of barracudaAmSp, probably ; from name in a language of the West Indies
nounpl. barracuda or bar·ra·cu·das
Any of various predatory marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena, having an elongated body and a projecting lower jaw with fanglike teeth.
Origin of barracudaAmerican Spanish, probably from Catalan dialectal (Valencia) barracó, snaggletooth.
(plural barracuda or barracudas)
- Any large marine fish of the genus Sphyraena that have elongated bodies, a projecting lower jaw, displaying prominent fang-shaped teeth, and are aggressive predators.
- (figuratively) An unethically predatory person.
1670s, from American Spanish, perhaps from a Carib word.