Definition of barracouta in English:


Line breaks: barra|couta
Pronunciation: /ˌbarəˈkuːtə

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
    More 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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