[ kuht-l-fish ]
/ ˈkʌt lˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) cut·tle·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cut·tle·fish·es.

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.


Nearby words

  1. cutting room,
  2. cutting stylus,
  3. cuttingly,
  4. cuttle,
  5. cuttlebone,
  6. cutty,
  7. cutty grass,
  8. cutty sark,
  9. cutty stool,
  10. cuttyhunk

Origin of cuttlefish

1400–50; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele cuttlefish + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuttlefish


/ (ˈkʌtəlˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

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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Word Origin and History for cuttlefish



Old English cudele "the cuttlefish;" first element perhaps related to Middle Low German küdel "container, pocket;" Old Norse koddi "cushion, testicle;" and Old English codd (see cod).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper