Definition of barracouta in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbarəˈkuːtə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural same or barracoutas)

A long, slender fish of southern oceans, highly valued as food. Also called snoek in South Africa.
  • Thyrsites atun, family Gempylidae.
Example sentences
  • Both the barracouta and the frostfish are mid water hunters preying on squid and small baitfish.
  • Hi, I'm interested in catching a barracouta but I'm not sure what lure to use and the price range for them.
  • A more typical barracouta measures under a metre in length and weighs between 0.8 and 1.5 kg.


Mid 19th century: alteration of barracuda.

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