plural noun
Oc·​top·​o·​da | \ äkˈtäpədə\

Definition of Octopoda

: an order of cephalopod mollusks (subclass Dibranchia) comprising the octopuses, argonauts, and related mollusks that have eight arms with sessile suckers devoid of horny rims and that often have vestiges of an internal shell but have an external shell only in the argonaut

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Other Words from Octopoda

octopodan \ (ˈ)⸗¦⸗⸗dᵊn \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Octopoda

New Latin, from Greek oktōpoda, oktapoda, neuter plural of oktōpod-, oktapod-, oktōpous, oktapous octopod

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