from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various fierce, mostly tropical marine fishes of the genus Sphyraena that resemble pike, have a projecting lower jaw with fanglike teeth, and include some edible species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any large marine fish of the genus Sphyraena that have elongated bodies, a projecting lower jaw, displaying prominent fang-shaped teeth, and are aggressive predators.
  • n. A unethically predatory person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus Sphyræna and family Sphyrænidæ. The great barracuda (Sphyræna 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. Sphyræna Argentea of the Pacific coast and Sphyræna sphyræna of Europe are smaller species, and are used as food.
  • n. A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large voracious fish, Sphyræna picuda, of the West Indian and neighboring seas. It belongs to the perch family, and is from 6 to 10 feet in length.
  • n. Thyrsites atun, a gempyloid fish of Australia and New Zealand: not the barracuda of American waters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


American Spanish, from Spanish dialectal barraco, overlapping tooth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "You lying so low in the weeds
    Bet you gonna ambush me
    You'd have me down on my knees
    Wouldn't you, Barracuda?"
    --"Barracuda," Heart (A.Wilson/N.Wilson/R.Fisher)

    February 7, 2007