- The cuttlefish.
Old English cudele, of uncertain origin.
- (obsolete) A knife.
Variant of cuttlefish
nounpl. cuttlefish, cuttlefishes
any of a family (Sepiidae) of cephalopods that have suckers on their eight arms and two tentacles, a hard internal shell, large complex eyes, and a water-ejecting jetlike siphon for locomotion: when in danger, most cuttlefishes eject a dark-brown, inklike fluid
Origin of cuttlefishMiddle English codel ; from Old English cudele, akin to Norwegian dialect, dialectal kaule (*kodle), Old Low German cudele, older Dutch kuttlevisch: sense “pouch fish”: for Indo-European base see cod