- any of several elongated, predaceous, tropical and subtropical marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena, certain species of which are used for food.
- Slang. a treacherous, greedy person.
Origin of barracuda
1670–80; < American Spanish < ?
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Examples from the Web for barracuda
A barracuda was caught by research scientists near Santa Cruz.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
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Come to think of it, it was more Great White than Barracuda.The All-New Sarah Palin
November 16, 2009
With one powerful sweep I hit one of the barracuda on the head.
Mostly they are caught by accident while drags are set for kingfish or barracuda.
They looked like barracuda to me, only they were almost as silvery as a tarpon.
We worked around him awhile, but he would not take a barracuda or a flying-fish.
I did not know then, as I know now, that barracuda grow to twelve feet in the Caribbean.
- any predatory marine teleost fish of the mostly tropical family Sphyraenidae, esp Sphyraena barracuda . They have an elongated body, strong teeth, and a protruding lower jaw
C17: from American Spanish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for barracuda
1670s, from American Spanish barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.
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