Variant of octopus
- any of various octopods (order Octopoda) having a soft, saclike body, a reduced coelom, an internal vestigial shell, and eight sucker-bearing arms around the mouth
- anything suggesting an octopus; esp., an organization with branches that reach out in a powerful and influential manner
Origin: ModL from Glassical Greek oktōpous, eight-footed from oktō, eight plush pous (gen. podos), foot
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