from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marine cephalopod mollusks of the family Sepiidae, having eight arms and two long tentacles, a calcareous internal shell, and a broad body.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cephalopod; specifically, a cephalopod of the genus Sepia and family Sepiidæ; a dibranchiate cephalopodous mollusk, with a depressed body, inclosed in a sac.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various squidlike cephalopod marine mollusks of the genus Sepia that have ten arms and a calcareous internal shell and eject a dark inky fluid when in danger.

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

  • noun ten-armed oval-bodied cephalopod with narrow fins as long as the body and a large calcareous internal shell


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

[Middle English codel, cotil, cuttlefish (from Old English cudele) + fish.]

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From cuttle +‎ fish.



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  • As to his blood, I suppose the family quarterings are three cuttle-fish sable, and a commentator rampant.

    --George Eliot, 1872, Middlemarch

    November 8, 2007

  • Holy schmoley! My compliments, mollusque, on a wonderful citation!

    November 8, 2007

  • Holy schmoley? I agree that is a bizarre quotation from mollusque.

    November 9, 2007

  • Well, I *had* typed "holy mackerel!" but then decided that was a lousy pun, even if it was unintentional. And schmoley was the best I could come up with.

    I'm having an off-day, what can I say?

    November 9, 2007

  • I watched an episode of Nova about cuttlefish recently. I had never known what intricate and complex creatures they are.

    I also love the word cephalopod.

    November 9, 2007

  • cephalopod : where the cephalopygian cephalopygmies hang out.

    November 9, 2007

  • Sadly, the only real cuttlefish I've seen have been the desiccated parts of them that are sold as calcium supplements for birds.

    November 9, 2007

  • Is he trying to run a motion through under cover of a cloud of words, essaying the well-known "cuttle-fish trick" of the West?

    --Rudyard Kipling, 1891, The City of Dreadful Night

    November 9, 2007

  • This is delightful.

    December 23, 2008

  • A lady at my meeting today pronounced this cuddlefish. 3 times. Cephalopods may indeed be lovelorn but I've never thought of them as cuddly.

    November 24, 2009