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nounPlural squids, Plural SQUIDs
1An elongated, fast-swimming cephalopod mollusc with eight arms and two long tentacles, typically able to change colour.
Order Teuthoidea and Vampyromorpha, class Cephalopoda, in particular the common genus Loligo
- ‘Despite inherent inefficiencies, jetting is the primary mode of locomotion for both primitive nautilus and powerful, migratory oceanic squids.’
- ‘Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, which later became a Disney movie, featured an encounter between a colossal squid and a French naval vessel.’
- ‘Scientists believe the squid live at depths of 660 to 2,300 feet during the day.’
- ‘Looking at just squids and octopods, the researchers have recorded about 50 species and believe they have found two new species of squid.’
- ‘The mantle and funnel of squids are essential in generating and modulating thrust for jet locomotion.’
- ‘The cuttlefish is a relative of the squid and octopus family (cephalopods).’
- ‘The immature light organs of a young squid develop a field of ciliated cells, which help draw Vibrio in from ocean water, as well as a series of deep pockets, or crypts, in which these bacteria will live.’
- ‘This evolutionary shift, too, has occurred many times - groups as diverse as squids, roundworms, and most vertebrates develop without the benefit of larvae.’
- ‘Each boat, manned by two or three fisherman, typically brings back a metric ton of squid every night.’
- ‘Like squids, belemnites possessed an ink sac and ten arms.’
- ‘The circulatory systems of other vertebrates, as well as those of squids and octopuses, employ similar rubbery materials.’
- ‘In squids, octopuses and cuttlefish, the pigment layer is below the photoreceptors, in an area of dense blood vessels.’
- ‘Catsharks occur around the globe in warm temperate seas, and therefore are a consistent predator on populations of squid, crustaceans, cephalopods, and small fishes.’
- ‘During his fifth trip to Papua New Guinea, Hall took this month's featured photograph of a female squid laying eggs on a submerged tree branch.’
- ‘Giant cephalopods such as squid and octopuses are also a great source of sea-monster folklore.’
- ‘Like squids and octopuses, cuttlefishes have a funnel for jet propulsion, but unlike the other two, they also have an internal, oval-shaped bony chamber that fills with gas.’
- ‘The major group of mesozoans, the Dicyemida, live as microscopic parasites in the renal organs of squid and octopuses.’
- ‘The squid weighs about 550 pounds and was found in two pieces on Seven Mile Beach.’
- ‘The color-changing behavior is controlled by the squid's brain and provides visual signals, but the purpose of those signals is still unknown.’
- ‘Soft-bodied squid replaced the hard-shelled ammonites as the leading molluscs.’
- 1.1mass noun The squid used as food.‘fried squid in pumpkin sauce’
- ‘Crackling crisp squid is surrounded by the unexpected zip of ginger, cashews, and papaya.’
- ‘The chefs also cooked up crispy fish, stuffed bamboo fungus, stir-fried textured fish and a yummy-looking stir fried squid with vegetables.’
- ‘The menu includes dishes such as squid with asparagus and mint, baby goat with fresh Mediterranean herbs and his famous dessert of eggplant and chocolate.’
- ‘I predict squid, bok choy and oyster sauce, followed by rhubarb and custard tart on the menus of Marchmont next year.’
- ‘The first meal of the day will usually be a simple thick rice soup with accompaniments of chicken, dried squid, and pickled vegetables.’
- ‘Mezze choices include a tangy lemon and spinach squid and a raw beef with cracked wheat, but it's the strong drinks served in the open-plan bar that get you in the mood.’
- ‘The secret of cooking squid is simplicity, so in this dish it's just seasoned and coated with flour before being quickly fried.’
- ‘His squid appetizer is marinated overnight in red wine and herbs, its vinousness a nice change from the lemon juice or vinaigrette more commonly served with squid.’
- ‘The toasted bread was topped with baby squid in olive oil and tomato sauce.’
- ‘Fino Sherry, and its more nimble sibling Manzanilla, famously accompanies many tapas, whether it's Serrano ham, grilled squid or patatas bravas.’
- ‘I have a delicious crispy chilli squid, Laura has a scary-looking aubergine salad, and we share something called a vegetarian sushi.’
- ‘There were a good range of appetisers, everything from the usual won ton and spare ribs to deep fried squid and seaweed, as well as a selection of soups.’
- ‘Some of the more interesting include spinach pasta with smoke salmon, black pasta with squid and lemon sauce and herb pasta with lamb and pesto sauce.’
- ‘Our mystery dish was a mélange of fried octopus, squid and various vegetables, and was fresh and tender all around.’
- ‘Huge crabs are merely dressed, squid is fried and served with mayonnaise, sole is grilled and glorious Whitstable oysters come as they are.’
- ‘For the squid tempura roll: Dredge each piece of squid in flour and pat off excess, then dredge in batter.’
- ‘Opt for the delicious grilled squid, marinated fennel and chilli salad.’
- ‘Season the monkfish and squid with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes in the same pan.’
- ‘The Peking duck with plum sauce and pancakes was perfect and the deep fried squid with chilli and garlic simply divine.’
- ‘My fancy was caught by smoked ham hock and beetroot terrine with confit beetroot and dill and lime cream, followed by loin of veal with a fricassée of squid, white beans, parsley and garlic.’
- 1.2 An artificial bait for fish imitating a squid in form.
- ‘Our only other small success is a fish we manage to coax into jumping on a daisy chain of plastic squids, but it misses the bait.’
- ‘Some say it resembles a squid, others including me, believe it is the noise and movement in the water, but whatever the reason, they work and that's all we really need to know!’
- ‘I could have trolled with the proper trolling rods, and this would have been a better option when it came to playing the fish, but on the days that we were successful, the fish seemed to prefer the flies to the plastic squid.’
verbsquidding, squids, squidded[no object]
Fish using squid as bait.
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
nounPlural squids, Plural SQUIDsPhysics
A device used in particular in sensitive magnetometers, which consists of a superconducting ring containing one or more Josephson junctions. A change by one flux quantum in the ring's magnetic flux linkage produces a sharp change in its impedance.
1960s: acronym from superconducting quantum interference device.
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