- any of several cephalopods, especially of the genus Sepia, having eight arms with suckers and two tentacles, and ejecting a black, inklike fluid when in danger.
Origin of cuttlefish
Examples from the Web for cuttlefish
A troop of cuttlefish swimming in the sea is a beautiful sight.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Aristotle recognises that all his cuttlefish are alike in structure.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
But he does think, slowly and tenaciously, as a cuttlefish grips.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Why not some strange thing of the air, as a cuttlefish is of the sea?The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Gods, too, especially when these gods happen to be cuttlefish, might be petrified.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Sepia and related genera, which occur near the bottom of inshore waters and have a broad flattened body: order Decapoda (decapods)Sometimes shortened to: cuttle See also squid 1
Word Origin and History for cuttlefish
Old English cudele "the cuttlefish;" first element perhaps related to Middle Low German küdel "container, pocket;" Old Norse koddi "cushion, testicle;" and Old English codd (see cod).