noun (plural same or squids)
1An elongated, fast-swimming cephalopod mollusc with eight arms and two long tentacles, typically able to change colour.
- Order Teuthoidea and Vampyromorpha, class Cephalopoda, in particular the common genus Loligo. See also giant squid
- Giant cephalopods such as squid and octopuses are also a great source of sea-monster folklore.
- Like squids and octopuses, cuttlefishes have a funnel for jet propulsion, but unlike the other two, they also have an internal, oval-shaped bony chamber that fills with gas.
- This evolutionary shift, too, has occurred many times - groups as diverse as squids, roundworms, and most vertebrates develop without the benefit of larvae.
1.1 [mass noun] The squid used as food: fried squid in pumpkin sauce
More example sentences
- Mezze choices include a tangy lemon and spinach squid and a raw beef with cracked wheat, but it's the strong drinks served in the open-plan bar that get you in the mood.
- The first meal of the day will usually be a simple thick rice soup with accompaniments of chicken, dried squid, and pickled vegetables.
- The Peking duck with plum sauce and pancakes was perfect and the deep fried squid with chilli and garlic simply divine.
1.2An artificial bait for fish imitating a squid in form.
- Our only other small success is a fish we manage to coax into jumping on a daisy chain of plastic squids, but it misses the bait.
- I could have trolled with the proper trolling rods, and this would have been a better option when it came to playing the fish, but on the days that we were successful, the fish seemed to prefer the flies to the plastic squid.
- Some say it resembles a squid, others including me, believe it is the noise and movement in the water, but whatever the reason, they work and that's all we really need to know!
verb (squids, squidding, squidded)[no object] Back to top
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with squidamid, backslid, bid, did, forbid, grid, hid, id, kid, Kidd, lid, Madrid, mid, outbid, outdid, quid, rid, skid, slid, underbid, yid
1960s: acronym from superconducting quantum interference device.
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