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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.
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Origin of cuttlefish

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

clam, abalone, snail, whelk, chiton, cuttlefish, limpet

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Historical Examples of cuttlefish

  • A troop of cuttlefish swimming in the sea is a beautiful sight.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)

    J. Arthur Thomson

  • Aristotle recognises that all his cuttlefish are alike in structure.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • But he does think, slowly and tenaciously, as a cuttlefish grips.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

  • Why not some strange thing of the air, as a cuttlefish is of the sea?

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Gods, too, especially when these gods happen to be cuttlefish, might be petrified.

British Dictionary definitions for cuttlefish


noun plural -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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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).

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