Bar`ra*cu"da (?), Bar`ra*cou"ta (?), n. [Native name.] Zool.

1.

Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus Sphyraena and family Sphyraenidae. The great barracuda (S. 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. S. Argentea of the Pacific coast and S. sphyraena of Europe are smaller species, and are used as food.

⇒ That of Europe and our Atlantic coast is Sphyraena spet (or S. vulgaris); a southern species is S. picuda; the Californian is S. argentea.

2.

A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).

 

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