One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender-bodied predatory fish with a long head, found in open oceans.
Family Paralepididae: numerous species, including Paralepis atlantica
- ‘The Ribbon Barracudina has a long, slender body.’
- ‘I see many siphonophores, chaetognaths, even barracudinas, a tomopterid worm zigzags right in front of my eyes.’
- ‘Some of the most common fishes in the mesopelagic are the barracudinas, small species that have converged on a body plan strikingly similar to the morphology of the great barracuda.’
From American Spanish, diminutive of barracuda (see barracuda), which it resembles.
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