origins of "Squid"

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  1. GPO87

    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Does anyone know where the name squid came from? I mean if we have an octopus, wouldn't biologists have named our resisdent ceph friend the decapus? Maybe the has been posted already... if it is, sorry, but I look forward to anyones reply
     
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    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=squid&searchmode=none

    "squid - marine mollusk, 1613, of unknown origin; perhaps a sailors' variant of squirt, so called for the "ink" it squirts out. "

    i guess that doesnt really help..... next time im in an adequate library, i'll try the OED (if there isnt a complete online version thats free)
     
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    That's better than what I've been able to find, WK - all I've got at arms' length is the Richard Ellis list of foreign language names for giant squid!
     
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