barracuda

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barracuda (Zoöl) A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).
    • n Barracuda (Zoöl) Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus Sphyræna and family Sphyrænidæ. The great barracuda (Sphyræna barracuda) of the West Indies, Florida, etc., is often six feet or more long, and as dangerous as a shark. In Cuba its flesh is reputed to be poisonous. Sphyræna Argentea of the Pacific coast and Sphyræna sphyræna of Europe are smaller species, and are used as food.☞ That of Europe and our Atlantic coast is Sphyræna spetor Sphyræna vulgaris); a southern species is Sphyræna picuda; the Californian is Sphyræna argentea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barracuda A large voracious fish, Sphyræna picuda, of the West Indian and neighboring seas. It belongs to the perch family, and is from 6 to 10 feet in length.
    • n barracuda Thyrsites atun, a gempyloid fish of Australia and New Zealand: not the barracuda of American waters.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native name

Usage

In literature:

With this rig, we can scoot around like a pair of barracudas!
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
There's tarpon and barracuda and sword fish, and nights when there's a moon you could see to read a book.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Bill, you'd better run down Lucas way and scout around for barracuda.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I got plenty fisha, flounder, barracuda, redda perch.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
They looked like barracuda to me, only they were almost as silvery as a tarpon.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Scotty joined him and they looked down to where a barracuda hovered motionless.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
All along south of the Florida reef they had constant glimpses of tarpon, devil-fish, and barracuda, the mightiest fish in the Gulf Stream.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume XXVII, Issue 160, April, 1904" by Various
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In poetry:

They entered his hotel room, tomahawks
Flashing like barracuda. He tried to pray.
Three years of treatment. Occasionally he talks
About how he almost didn't get away.
"Third Avenue In Sunlight" by Anthony Hecht
Collect in the cold depths barracuda. Ay,
in Sealdah Station some possessionless
children survive to die.
The Chinese communes hum. Two daiquiris
withdrew into a corner of the gorgeous room
and one told the other a lie.
"Dream Song 16: Henry's pelt was put on sundry walls" by John Berryman

In news:

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has the nickname " Barracuda ," which inspired the use of the Heart song of the same name during Palin's speech at the RNC on Wednesday night.
Heart to McCain/Palin: Back off on ' Barracuda '.
The Barracuda Welcomes the Outré, From Tammy Faye to Tonya.
The man who prefers to be called Cashetta is pacing the stage in a sparkly black frock and a waterfall of a wig, waiting for a first glimpse of the latest sweetheart of Barracuda Lounge.
President Bush said today that he had caught only barracuda , not the bonefish he was seeking, on the first day of his fishing vacation here.
The bar and lounge offer signature drinks and " Barracuda Bites," such as Cozze Ala Tarantina, the Super Tuscan Burger, wild mushroom risotto cakes and more.
President Bush said today that he had caught only barracuda, not the bonefish he was seeking, on the first day of his fishing vacation here.
Dudley Baringer scans the X-rays taken following a run-in with an airborne barracuda.
Achieving a winning percentage in a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.
The '67 Barracuda was a fearsome fish.
The new 1967 Barracuda was 4.5 inches longer with more rounded lines than the previous generation.
Like most cars of the day, the Barracuda was available with standard solid-colored vinyl top options, but the flower-power Mod Top was something more, at least in the "wow" department.
The big-block revolution of 1967 changed the Plymouth Barracuda's character--in more ways than one.
Custom 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Built by Pure Power Motorsports to Commemorate Barrett-Jackson's 40th Anniversary.
A barracuda got loose and terrorized Uptown.
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