One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the squids of the family Ommastrephidae, which are of medium to large size and have large terminal fins.
A squid of the family Ommastrephidae.
1960s; earliest use found in New Scientist. From scientific Latin Ommastrephidae, family (formerly subfamily) name from Ommastrephes, genus name from ancient Greek ὄμμα eye + στρέϕειν to turn + -idae.
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