noun, plural (especially collectively) squid, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) squids.
any of several ten-armed cephalopods, as of the genera Loligo and Ommastrephes, having a slender body and a pair of rounded or triangular caudal fins and varying in length from 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) to 60–80 feet (18–24 meters).
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Origin of squid
First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
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Origin of SQUID
First recorded in 1965–70
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noun plural squid or squids
any of various fast-moving pelagic cephalopod molluscs of the genera Loligo, Ommastrephes, etc, of most seas, having a torpedo-shaped body ranging from about 10 centimetres to 16.5 metres long and a pair of triangular tail fins: order Decapoda (decapods)See also cuttlefish
verb squids, squidding or squidded
(intr) (of a parachute) to assume an elongated squidlike shape owing to excess air pressure
Word Origin for squid
C17: of unknown origin
British slang a pound sterling
Word Origin for squid
C20: rhyming slang for quid
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marine mollusk, 1610s, of unknown origin; perhaps a sailors' variant of squirt, so called for the "ink" it squirts out.
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