- any of several ten-armed cephalopods, as of the genera Loligo and Ommastrephes, having a slender body and a pair of rounded or triangular caudal fins and varying in length from 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) to 60–80 feet (18–24 meters).
Origin of squid
First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
- superconducting quantum interference device: a device that senses minute changes in magnetic fields, used to indicate neural activity in the brain.
Origin of SQUID
First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for squid
For seafood try Clamman in Southhampton, proudly peddling tuna, bass, scallops, and squid all caught by local fishermen.The Hamptons Hot List: Where to Eat, What to Drink, and How to Get Your Beach on This Summer
May 24, 2014
This bruschetta, topped with squid, tangy goat cheese, fragrant mint, and sweet roasted garlic, is a meal on toast.What to Eat: Crostini and Bruschetta
June 10, 2010
Aboard the Charming Lass the squid “jigging” went on for a couple of hours.
The squid is a very small edition of the giant devilfish or octopus.
Only a salmon or a squid could have been the teachers of that wondrous learning!
But squid, squid, everywhere, the most valuable prey of all!
They were waked out of their bunks one black night by yells of "Squid O!""Captains Courageous"
- any of various fast-moving pelagic cephalopod molluscs of the genera Loligo, Ommastrephes, etc, of most seas, having a torpedo-shaped body ranging from about 10 centimetres to 16.5 metres long and a pair of triangular tail fins: order Decapoda (decapods)See also cuttlefish
- (intr) (of a parachute) to assume an elongated squidlike shape owing to excess air pressure
C17: of unknown origin
- British slang a pound sterling
C20: rhyming slang for quid
- superconducting quantum interference device
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Word Origin and History for squid
marine mollusk, 1610s, of unknown origin; perhaps a sailors' variant of squirt, so called for the "ink" it squirts out.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper