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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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Scientists believe the squid live at depths of 660 to 2,300 feet during the day.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This evolutionary shift, too, has occurred many times - groups as diverse as squids, roundworms, and most vertebrates develop without the benefit of larvae.’
- ‘Like squids, belemnites possessed an ink sac and ten arms.’
- ‘The major group of mesozoans, the Dicyemida, live as microscopic parasites in the renal organs of squid and octopuses.’
- ‘The color-changing behavior is controlled by the squid's brain and provides visual signals, but the purpose of those signals is still unknown.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Soft-bodied squid replaced the hard-shelled ammonites as the leading molluscs.’
- ‘Despite inherent inefficiencies, jetting is the primary mode of locomotion for both primitive nautilus and powerful, migratory oceanic squids.’
- ‘The mantle and funnel of squids are essential in generating and modulating thrust for jet locomotion.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The squid weighs about 550 pounds and was found in two pieces on Seven Mile Beach.’
- ‘Looking at just squids and octopods, the researchers have recorded about 50 species and believe they have found two new species of squid.’
- ‘In squids, octopuses and cuttlefish, the pigment layer is below the photoreceptors, in an area of dense blood vessels.’
- ‘The cuttlefish is a relative of the squid and octopus family (cephalopods).’
- ‘Catsharks occur around the globe in warm temperate seas, and therefore are a consistent predator on populations of squid, crustaceans, cephalopods, and small fishes.’
- ‘Each boat, manned by two or three fisherman, typically brings back a metric ton of squid every night.’
- ‘The circulatory systems of other vertebrates, as well as those of squids and octopuses, employ similar rubbery materials.’
- 1.1mass noun The squid used as food.‘fried squid in pumpkin sauce’
- ‘For the squid tempura roll: Dredge each piece of squid in flour and pat off excess, then dredge in batter.’
- ‘Fino Sherry, and its more nimble sibling Manzanilla, famously accompanies many tapas, whether it's Serrano ham, grilled squid or patatas bravas.’
- ‘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 chefs also cooked up crispy fish, stuffed bamboo fungus, stir-fried textured fish and a yummy-looking stir fried squid with vegetables.’
- ‘Crackling crisp squid is surrounded by the unexpected zip of ginger, cashews, and papaya.’
- ‘The Peking duck with plum sauce and pancakes was perfect and the deep fried squid with chilli and garlic simply divine.’
- ‘The first meal of the day will usually be a simple thick rice soup with accompaniments of chicken, dried squid, and pickled vegetables.’
- ‘Huge crabs are merely dressed, squid is fried and served with mayonnaise, sole is grilled and glorious Whitstable oysters come as they are.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Season the monkfish and squid with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes in the same pan.’
- ‘I predict squid, bok choy and oyster sauce, followed by rhubarb and custard tart on the menus of Marchmont next year.’
- ‘The secret of cooking squid is simplicity, so in this dish it's just seasoned and coated with flour before being quickly fried.’
- ‘Our mystery dish was a mélange of fried octopus, squid and various vegetables, and was fresh and tender all around.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I have a delicious crispy chilli squid, Laura has a scary-looking aubergine salad, and we share something called a vegetarian sushi.’
- ‘The toasted bread was topped with baby squid in olive oil and tomato sauce.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Opt for the delicious grilled squid, marinated fennel and chilli salad.’
- 1.2 An artificial bait for fish imitating a squid in form.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
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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