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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 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 What is My Octopus Teacher if not a cephalopod Mister Rogers? Judy Berman, Time, 1 Apr. 2021 But last year, René Hoffmann, a paleontologist at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany, stumbled across the image, depicting what appeared to be a Plesioteuthis subovata cephalopod, a predecessor of today’s squids, octopuses and cuttlefish. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Feb. 2020 Instead, the subject of this discussion is My Octopus Teacher, a new Netflix documentary that explores the relationship its subject and producer—Craig Foster—forms with a cephalopod in a South African kelp forest. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 25 Sep. 2020 Linnaeus classified the kraken as a cephalopod, the group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2020 The epic tussles between deep-diving sperm whales and giant squid are famous, but until now, no one had proof of a shark encountering a huge cephalopod. Joshua Rapp Learn, National Geographic, 5 June 2020

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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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15 Jul 2021

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“Cephalopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalopod. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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