Cuttlefish
Cuttle Cut"tle (k[u^]t"t'l), Cuttlefish Cut"tle*fish` (-f[i^]sh`), n. [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. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. A foul-mouthed fellow. ``An you play the saucy cuttle with me.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cuttlefish — /ˈkʌtlfɪʃ / (say kutlfish) noun (plural cuttlefish or cuttlefishes) any of various decapod dibranchiate cephalopods, especially of the genus Sepia, having sucker bearing arms and the power of ejecting a black, ink like fluid when pursued. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cuttlefish — [11] The cuttlefish probably gets its name from its resemblance to a bag when its internal shell is removed. Its earliest recorded designation is cudele (the compound cuttlefish does not appear until the 16th century), which is generally taken to …   Word origins

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