Octopus Definition

ŏktə-pəs
octopi, octopodes, octopuses
noun
octopuses
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.
Webster's New World
Anything suggesting an octopus; esp., an organization with branches that reach out in a powerful and influential manner.
Webster's New World

(uncountable) The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.

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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Octopodidae "” one of several octopus genera.

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Other Word Forms of Octopus

Noun

Singular:
octopus
Plural:
octopuses

Origin of Octopus

  • New Latin Octōpūs genus name from Greek oktōpous eight-footed oktō eight oktō(u) in Indo-European roots pous foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ὀκτώπους (oktōpous), from ὀκτώ (oktō, “eight") + πούς (pous, “foot").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin octopÅ«s, from Ancient Greek ὀκτώποδες (oktōpodes, “eight feet").

    From Wiktionary

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