Giant squid
Squid Squid (skw[i^]d), n. [Cf. {Squirt}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of ten-armed cephalopods having a long, tapered body, and a caudal fin on each side; especially, any species of {Loligo}, {Ommastrephes}, and related genera. See {Calamary}, {Decacerata}, {Dibranchiata}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Some of these squids are very abundant on the Atlantic coast of North America, and are used in large quantities for bait, especially in the cod fishery. The most abundant of the American squids are the northern squid ({Ommastrephes illecebrosus}), ranging from Southern New England to Newfoundland, and the southern squid ({Loligo Pealii}), ranging from Virginia to Massachusetts. [1913 Webster]

2. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other substance, fastened on its shank to imitate a squid. [1913 Webster]

{Flying squid}, {Giant squid}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Flying}, and {Giant}.

{Squid hound} (Zo["o]l.), the striped bass. [1913 Webster]


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  • Giant squid — Giant Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giant squid — n. any of a genus (Architeuthis) of very large squids that reach a length of 18.3 m (60 ft): it is the largest invertebrate …   English World dictionary

  • Giant squid — This article is about squid of the genus Architeuthis. For other large squid, see cephalopod size. For the post metal group, see Giant Squid (band). Giant squid Giant squid, Architeuthis sp., modified from an illustration by A.E. Verrill, 1 …   Wikipedia

  • giant squid — noun largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long) • Syn: ↑architeuthis • Hypernyms: ↑squid • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Architeuthis * * * noun, pl ⋯ squid or ⋯ squids [count] : a very large type of squid …   Useful english dictionary

  • giant squid — any squid of the genus Architeuthis, inhabiting deep ocean bottoms and sometimes attaining an arm span of 65 ft. (20 m) or more. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • giant squid — noun Any of several species of very large squid, of the family Architeuthidae, that live at great depths, and of which little is known …   Wiktionary

  • giant squid — noun a deep sea squid which is the largest known invertebrate, reaching a length of 18 m (59 ft) or more. [Genus Architeuthis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • giant squid — noun Date: circa 1890 any of a genus (Architeuthis) of extremely large squids that may attain a length of 60 feet (18 meters) and include the largest mollusks known …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Giant squid in popular culture — The Giant squid s elusive nature and fearsome appearance have long made it a popular subject of legends and folk tales. Its popularity as an image continues today with references and depictions in literature, film, television, and video… …   Wikipedia

  • Giant Squid (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Giant Squid Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Sacramento, California, United States Instrument = Genre = Post metal Years active = Label = The End Records Associated acts …   Wikipedia

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