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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 centimeters) 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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superconducting quantum interference device: a device that senses minute changes in magnetic fields, used to indicate neural activity in the brain.

Origin of SQUID

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for squid (1 of 3)

/ (skwɪd) /

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 Dictionary definitions for squid (2 of 3)

/ (skwɪd) /

British slang a pound sterling

Word Origin for squid

C20: rhyming slang for quid

British Dictionary definitions for squid (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
superconducting quantum interference device
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