ceph·​a·​lo·​pod | \ ˈse-fə-lə-ˌpäd How to pronounce cephalopod (audio) \

Definition of cephalopod

: any of a class (Cephalopoda) of marine mollusks including the squids, cuttlefishes, and octopuses that move by expelling water from a tubular siphon under the head and that have a group of muscular usually sucker-bearing arms around the front of the head, highly developed eyes, and usually a sac containing ink which is ejected for defense or concealment

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cephalopod adjective

Examples of cephalopod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cephalopod that Ursula embodies may be debatable, but her legacy is undeniable. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Octopus bimaculoides, or the California two-spot octopus, is a common lab cephalopod that scientists can get from the wild. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 While gene editing with the lesser Pacific striped octopus remains elusive, the species could help tackle another cephalopod mystery. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Yet even then the hush under water, where these creatures lived, was probably punctuated only by the skittering of arthropod feet across sand or the faint grinding of a cephalopod breaking a shell. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 To evaluate a cephalopod's beak, taxonomists will use chemicals to dissolve the tissues around the mouth, reports Hakai. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2021 The cephalopod in question is called a ram’s horn squid (Spirula spirula), the only living member of a unique family of squid. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2020 The 13-foot-high cephalopod which has popped up in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, has eight pink arms and zero protection against airborne viruses. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 8 May 2021 Human viewers empathize with this cephalopod, whose intelligence and curiosity are apparent in the documentary. Anna Blaustein, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cephalopod

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cephalopod

ultimately from cephal- + Greek pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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“Cephalopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalopod. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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