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The calcareous internal shell of a cuttlefish, used as a dietary supplement for cage birds or as a mold for metal casting.

[Middle English cotilbone : codel, cotil, cuttlefish; see cuttlefish + bone, bone; see bone.]


(Zoology) the internal calcareous shell of the cuttlefish, used as a mineral supplement to the diet of cage-birds and as a polishing agent


(ˈkʌt lˌboʊn)

the calcareous internal shell of cuttlefishes, used to make a polishing powder and as a food and beak conditioner for pet birds.


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[ˈkʌtlˌbəʊn] nosso di seppia
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Frozen or fresh, squid requires some simple cleaning, mostly to remove the cuttlebone, head and innards before it can be cut into rings for cooking.
Age studies on daily increments in statoliths and growth lamellae in cuttlebone of cultured Sepia officinalis.
To avoid soft beak in birds, traditional calcium sources like cuttlebone, oyster shell and grit are excellent, but this type of calcium is difficult to absorb, so it is also important to provide the mineral in other forms.
Asterales: Asteraceae) as the main food source along with cuttlebone as a source of calcium.
MacDonald's "Taxonomy" charts the move from a descriptive, visual register ("beak like a hair" describes this specific feature of a wren's anatomy) to a far more complicated, synaesthetic image: "lime scent in the nose/like scrapings from a goldsmith's cuttle," where the lime scent emanates presumably from the cuttlebone the bird gnaws on.
How temperature influences muscle and cuttlebone growth in juvenile cuttlefish (Sepia elliptica) (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) under conditions of food stress.