Octopus meaning

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Something, such as a multinational corporation, that has many powerful, centrally controlled branches.
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(uncountable) The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
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Any of several marine molluscs/mollusks, of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.
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An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Octopodidae "” one of several octopus genera.
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The definition of an octopus is a sea creature with a soft saclike body with eight sucker-lined limbs.

An example of an octopus is the character Pearl in the movie Finding Nemo.

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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.
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Anything suggesting an octopus; esp., an organization with branches that reach out in a powerful and influential manner.
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Any of various carnivorous marine cephalopod mollusks chiefly of the family Octopodidae, having a soft body, eight arms with suckers, a large distinct head, and a mouth with a strong beak.
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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