Cuttlefish definition

kŭtl-fĭsh
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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.
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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.
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Any of various squidlike cephalopod marine mollusks of the genus Sepia that have ten arms and a calcareous internal shell and eject a dark inky fluid when in danger.
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Noun

Singular:
cuttlefish
Plural:
cuttlefishes

Origin of cuttlefish

  • Middle English codel, cotil cuttlefish (from Old English cudele) fish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From cuttle +‎ fish.

    From Wiktionary