- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of barracuda
A barracuda was caught by research scientists near Santa Cruz.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
October 23, 2013
Come to think of it, it was more Great White than Barracuda.The All-New Sarah Palin
November 16, 2009
Historical Examples of barracuda
They looked like barracuda to me, only they were almost as silvery as a tarpon.
I did not know then, as I know now, that barracuda grow to twelve feet in the Caribbean.
We worked around him awhile, but he would not take a barracuda or a flying-fish.
Mostly they are caught by accident while drags are set for kingfish or barracuda.
About ten-thirty of this most delightful and favorable day we ran into a school of barracuda.
- 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
Word Origin for barracuda
Word Origin and History for barracuda
1670s, from American Spanish barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.