cuttlefish

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cuttle \Cut"tle\ (k[u^]t"t'l), Cuttlefish \Cut"tle*fish'\ (-f[i^]sh'), noun [OE. codule, AS. cudele; akin to G. kuttelfish; cf. G. k["o]tel, D. keutel, dirt from the guts, G. kuttel bowels, entrails. AS. cwi[thorn] womb, Goth. qi[thorn]us belly, womb.]

1. (Zool.) A cephalopod of the genus {Sepia}, having an internal shell, large eyes, and ten arms furnished with denticulated suckers, by means of which it secures its prey. The name is sometimes applied to dibranchiate cephalopods generally.

Note: It has an ink bag, opening into the siphon, from which, when pursued, it throws out a dark liquid that clouds the water, enabling it to escape observation.

2. A foul-mouthed fellow. "An you play the saucy cuttle with me." --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cuttlefish

noun

1: ten-armed oval-bodied cephalopod with narrow fins as long as the body and a large calcareous internal shell [syn: {cuttlefish}, {cuttle}]


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