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octopus

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noun oc·to·pus \ˈäk-tə-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

Simple Definition of octopus

  • : a sea animal that has a soft body and eight long arms

  • : the flesh of an octopus used as food

Full Definition of octopus

plural oc·to·pus·es or oc·to·piplay \-ˌpī\

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Octopus) of cephalopod mollusks that have eight muscular arms equipped with two rows of suckers; broadly :  any octopod excepting the paper nautilus

  2. 2 :  something that resembles an octopus especially in having many centrally directed branches

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Origin of octopus

New Latin Octopod-, Octopus, from Greek oktōpous


First Known Use: 1758

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