barracouta
noun Etymology: modification of American Spanish barracuda Date: 1770 a large elongate marine bony fish (Thyrsites atun of the family Gempylidae) used for food and caught commercially in the waters off New Zealand and southern Australia

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  • Barracouta — Barracuda Bar ra*cu da, Barracouta Bar ra*cou ta,, n. [Native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus {Sphyr[ae]na} and family {Sphyr[ae]nid[ae]}. The great barracuda… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barracouta — /bærəˈkutə / (say baruh koohtuh) noun (plural barracouta or barracoutas) 1. Also, couta. an elongated, cold water, sport and food fish, Thyrsites atun, widespread in southern seas. 2. NZ Colloquial a long, raised bread loaf. {from barracuda} …   Australian English dictionary

  • barracouta — snekas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Thyrsites atun angl. barracouta; snoek rus. барракута; снэк ryšiai: platesnis terminas – snekai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • barracouta — noun The snoek, a foodfish …   Wiktionary

  • barracouta — n. large long Pacific marine fish used as food; type of predatory fish not related to the barracuda; long loaf of bread (Slang in New Zealand) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • barracouta — [ˌbarə ku:tə] noun (plural same or barracoutas) a long, slender fish of southern oceans, highly valued as food. [Thyrsites atun.] Origin C19: alt. of barracuda …   English new terms dictionary

  • barracouta — bar·ra·cou·ta …   English syllables

  • barracouta —   n. Pacific fish used for food …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • barracouta — n. (pl. same or barracoutas) 1 a long slender fish, Thyrsites atun, usu. found in southern oceans. 2 NZ a small narrow loaf of bread. Etymology: var. of BARRACUDA …   Useful english dictionary

  • HMS Barracouta — Six ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Barracouta , after the fish Thyrsites atun . Another was renamed before being launched:*HMS|Barracouta|1782|6 was a 14 gun sloop, previously a cutter. She was purchased in 1782 and sold in 1792 …   Wikipedia

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