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barracuda

[ bar-uh-koo-duh ]
/ ˌbær əˈku də /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) bar·ra·cu·da, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bar·ra·cu·das for 1; bar·ra·cu·das for 2.

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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Origin of barracuda

1670–80; <American Spanish < ?
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barracuda
/ (ˌbærəˈkjuːdə) /

noun plural -da or -das

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

C17: from American Spanish, of unknown origin
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