Definition of barracuda in English:


Syllabification: bar·ra·cu·da
Pronunciation: /ˌbarəˈko͞odə

noun (plural same or barracudas)

  • A large, predatory tropical marine fish with a slender body and large jaws and teeth.
    • Genus Sphyraena, family Sphyraenidae: several species, in particular the inedible and poisonous great barracuda (S. barracuda) and the edible Pacific barracuda (S. argentea)
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    • The wrecks are home to a wide variety of corals and marine life including angelfish, barracudas, margates, sharks, snappers and turtles.
    • It has been observed that great barracudas herd schools of fish into shallow water and guard them.
    • It is here that divers may encounter anything from schooling batfish, barracudas to a sailfish, or even the whale shark.


late 17th century: of unknown origin.

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