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n. pl. barracuda or bar·ra·cu·das
Any of various predatory marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena, having an elongated body and a projecting lower jaw with fanglike teeth.
[American Spanish, probably from Catalan dialectal (Valencia) barracó, snaggletooth.]
n, pl -da or -das
(Animals) any predatory marine teleost fish of the mostly tropical family Sphyraenidae, esp Sphyraena barracuda. They have an elongated body, strong teeth, and a protruding lower jaw
[C17: from American Spanish, of unknown origin]
bar•ra•cu•da(ˌbær əˈku də)
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -da, (esp. for kinds or species) -das for 1; -das for 2.
1. any of several long and slender, pikelike food and game fishes of the genus Sphyraena, of warm seas, noted for striking with sharp teeth at any moving object.
2. Slang. a treacherous, greedy person.
[1670–80; < American Spanish]
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|Noun||1.||barracuda - any voracious marine fish of the genus Sphyraena having an elongated cylindrical body and large mouth with projecting lower jaw and long strong teeth|
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays