pl. (see fish) -·fish·, -·fish·es
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
nounpl. cuttlefish or cut·tle·fish·es
Any of various marine cephalopod mollusks of the family Sepiidae, having eight arms and two long tentacles, a calcareous internal shell, and a broad body.
Origin of cuttlefishMiddle English codel, cotil, cuttlefish (from Old English cudele) + fish.
(plural cuttlefishes or cuttlefish)