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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He ate his breakfast at the Grill every morning of his life, desperate to get away from that barracuda.
▪ I know there are sharks and moray eels and barracuda and spiny sea urchins.
▪ If the barracuda charges, the herring flee away on every side, creating a clear tunnel through the shoal.
▪ The barracuda swam two complete circles with Trent watching.
▪ The latter is particularly successful on barracuda.
▪ The Santana's friendly owner Vijay is happy to show you your barracuda from your butter fish.
▪ They are a cross between a coffin and a barracuda.
▪ Very few of the large predatory species of fish swim in schools, though barracuda are an exception.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Barracuda \Bar`ra*cu"da\, Barracouta \Bar`ra*cou"ta\,, n. [Native name.] (Zo["o]l.) Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus Sphyr[ae]na and family Sphyr[ae]nid[ae]. The great barracuda ( Sphyr[ae]na 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. Sphyr[ae]na Argentea of the Pacific coast and Sphyr[ae]na sphyr[ae]na of Europe are smaller species, and are used as food.

Note: That of Europe and our Atlantic coast is Sphyr[ae]na spet (or Sphyr[ae]na vulgaris); a southern species is Sphyr[ae]na picuda; the Californian is Sphyr[ae]na argentea.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand ( Thyrsites atun).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, from American Spanish barracuda, perhaps from a Carib word.


n. 1 Any large marine fish of the genus (taxlink Sphyraena genus noshow=1) that have elongated bodies, a projecting lower jaw, displaying prominent fang-shaped teeth, and are aggressive predators. 2 (context figuratively English) An unethically predatory person.


n. any voracious marine fish of the genus Sphyraena having an elongated cylindrical body and large mouth with projecting lower jaw and long strong teeth


The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size, fearsome appearance and furious behaviour. The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae, and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide ranging from the Eastern border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Caribbean Sea. They are found near the top of the water and near coral reefs and sea grasses.

Barracuda (disambiguation)

A barracuda is a predatory fish found in tropical and subtropical oceans.

Barracuda may also refer to:

Barracuda (song)

"Barracuda" is a song by the American rock band Heart. It was released as the first single from the band's second album Little Queen (1977).

Barracuda (comics)

Barracuda is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character made his first appearance in The Punisher Vol. 7, #31 (May 2006), and was created by Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov.

Barracuda (Java)

Barracuda MVC is an open-source web application framework for developing Java EE web applications.

Barracuda (Kinky album)

Barracuda is the fourth album by Mexican electropop band Kinky. It was released on February 24, 2009 on Nettwerk.

Barracuda (1978 film)

Barracuda is a 1978 American film about a small Florida coastal town that is menaced by chemically induced and highly aggressive barracuda fish. The cast included Wayne Crawford, Jason Evers, Roberta Leighton, Cliff Emmich, William Kerwin and Bert Freed. It was directed by Harry Kerwin, with the underwater sequences handled by Wayne Crawford.

The film was shot on location in Pompano Beach, Florida and Fort Lauderdale.

Barracuda (TV series)

Barracuda is an Australian television drama series, first broadcast on ABC-TV starting 10 July 2016. The series is based on Barracuda, the 2013 novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, which explores a brutal clash of cultures, dreams and expectations and the relentless demands that are placed upon young athletes, their families, friends, schools and coaches.

Usage examples of "barracuda".

The Russians, as well as everyone else in the world, knew that the Barracuda had gone down and that the Bluefin was the only other American sub fitted out with blisters.

Edwards had designed the special instrumentation for the Barracuda and the Bluefin that monitored the thermal variations in the water surrounding the submarine, giving the skipper a constant readout of temperature differentials.

Bluefin and the Barracuda, and guaranteed that the Navy would never again sustain a loss like it did before the Scorpion, which had gone down several years off the Azores.

The Barracuda had gone down in more than a thousand meters of water with all hands lost.

I was asked to cite some of my published papers and I explained the kind of instrumentation I had designed for the Barracuda and the Bluefin.

And who did that first cousin happen to have been- the Exec aboard the Barracuda, Commander Tad Haywood.

The hydrothermal instrumentation in the two blisters on the sail keep us informed of the temperature differentials between the currents, and by sailing the Barracuda directly in the interface zone we are effectively shielded from detection.

Except for those few days in Rio, I have spent the past three months entirely aboard the Barracuda, and from time to time, I have thought about my life, the events that, when added together, have inexorably moved me to where I am now.

The officers on the Barracuda know the worth of their cause and their contribution to it.

He could not even begin to guess why his son had allowed the Barracuda to be caught running on the surface.

If he should want to investigate how the other officers aboard the Barracuda were chosen .

Between them, they had made it look to the press as if Edwards had personally sunk the Barracuda, either because he had designed faulty equipment or from more sinister motives.

I am allowing my emotions to outrun my reason, it is only because my son was and still is the skipper of the Barracuda .

It could also be one of theirs modified to look like the Barracuda, Richard answered.

Russians pick the design of the Barracuda to duplicate- and- then take so much trouble hushing it up?