Barracuda

Definition of Barracuda

Bar`ra`cu´da
n.1.(Zool.) 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.
2.(Zool.) A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).

Related Words

acanthopterygian, great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, spiny-finned fish
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