cuttlebone [kut′'l bōn΄]
the internal shell of cuttlefish, used as a food supplement for caged birds or as a polishing agent

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  • cuttlebone — cut•tle•bone [[t]ˈkʌt lˌboʊn[/t]] n. ivt the calcareous internal shell of cuttlefishes, used to make a polishing powder and as a food and beak conditioner for pet birds • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • cuttlebone — /ˈkʌtlboʊn/ (say kutlbohn) noun the calcareous internal shell or plate of true cuttlefishes, used to make powder for polishing, and fed to canaries to supply the necessary lime, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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