cuttlebone

[ kuht-l-bohn ]
/ ˈkʌt lˌboʊn /

noun

the calcareous internal shell of cuttlefishes, used to make powder for polishing and fed to canaries and other pet birds to supply their diet with lime.

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Origin of cuttlebone

First recorded in 1805–15; cuttle(fish) + bone
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Example sentences from the Web for cuttlebone

  • There were crushed pieces of calcined material that looked like cuttlebone.

    Stamped Caution|Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Of such is the cuttlebone of commerce, which is a calcareous leaf-like body obtained from Sepia, the cuttlefish.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for cuttlebone

cuttlebone
/ (ˈkʌtəlˌbəʊn) /

noun

the internal calcareous shell of the cuttlefish, used as a mineral supplement to the diet of cage-birds and as a polishing agent
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