Cuttle

Cut"tle

(k?t"t'l), n. [OF. cultel, coltel, coutel, fr. L. cultellus. See Cutlass.] A knife. [Obs.] Bale.
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Cut"tle

(kt"t'l),

Cut"tle*fish`

(-fsh`), } n. [OE. codule, AS. cudele; akin to G. kuttelfish; cf. G. ktel, D. keutel, dirt from the guts, G. kuttel bowels, entrails. AS. cwi womb, Goth. qius belly, womb.] 1. (Zol.) A cephalopod of the genus Sepia, having an internal shell, large eyes, and ten arms furnished with denticulated suckers, by means of which it secures its prey. The name is sometimes applied to dibranchiate cephalopods generally.
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It has an ink bag, opening into the siphon, from which, when pursued, it throws out a dark liquid that clouds the water, enabling it to escape observation.
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2. A foul-mouthed fellow. "An you play the saucy cuttle with me." Shak.
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