One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, a large tropical fish of the western Atlantic which is readily provoked to attack humans and is valued as a game fish.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bulletin of the United States National Museum. From Central and South American Spanish (Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Panama) picuda barracuda, use as noun of feminine of Spanish picudo pointed, beaked from pico beak + -udo, suffix forming adjectives from nouns.
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