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Definition of barracoon – English explanatory dictionary

barracoon
bar´ra•coon
n. [Sp. or Pg. barraca. See Barrack.] A slave warehouse, or an inclosure where slaves are quartered temporarily. Du Chaillu. { Bar•ra•cu´da , Bar•ra•cou´ta } n.
1. (Zoöl.) A voracious, pikelike, marine fish, of the genus Sphyraena, sometimes used as food. That of Europe and our Atlantic coast is Sphyraena spet (or S. vulgaris); a southern species is S. picuda; the Californian is S. argentea.
2. (Zoöl.) A large edible fresh-water fish of Australia and New Zealand (Thyrsites atun).
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