plural noun
Oc·​to·​pod·​i·​dae | \ ˌäktəˈpädəˌdē \

Definition of Octopodidae

: a family of mollusks comprising the typical octopuses that are comparatively large eight-armed cephalopods with a small saclike body, a large head armed with a strong beak, highly developed eyes, and the arms united at the base by a membrane and usually provided with two rows of suckers by which they cling to the sea bottom or hold their prey

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History and Etymology for Octopodidae

New Latin, from Octopod-, Octopus, type genus + -idae

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“Octopodidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Octopodidae. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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