[ kuht-l-fish ]
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noun,plural (especially collectively) cut·tle·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cut·tle·fish·es.
  1. any of several cephalopods, especially of the genus Sepia, having eight arms with suckers and two tentacles, and ejecting a black, inklike fluid when in danger.

Origin of cuttlefish

1400–50; late Middle English codel,Old English cudele cuttlefish + fish

Words Nearby cuttlefish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cuttlefish in a sentence

  • Another family—the Sepiad—contains the cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), the bone of which is such a common object on the beach.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • The duke and his mother appeared to her as cuttlefish in a cave under perpendicular cliffs that ran into the sea.

    The Title Market | Emily Post

British Dictionary definitions for cuttlefish


/ (ˈkʌtəlˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Sepia and related genera, which occur near the bottom of inshore waters and have a broad flattened body: order Decapoda (decapods): Sometimes shortened to: cuttle See also squid 1

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