Bar"ra*coon`(), n. [Sp. or Pg. barraca. See Barrack.] A slave warehouse, or an inclosure where slaves are quartered temporarily. Du Chaillu.
Bar`ra*cou"ta(), } (?), n. [Native name.] (Zol.) Any of several voracious pikelike marine fishes allied to the gray mullets, constituting the genus Sphyrna and family Sphyrnid. The great barracuda (Sphyrna 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. Sphyrna Argentea of the Pacific coast and Sphyrna sphyrna of Europe are smaller species, and are used as food.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
That of Europe and our Atlantic coast is Sphyrna spet (or Sphyrna vulgaris); a southern species is Sphyrna picuda; the Californian is Sphyrna argentea.
(Zol.) A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).
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