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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This behavior is more akin to cuttlefish, another cephalopod noted for its social behavior. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Octopuses Take Ecstasy for Science and Become More Social Creatures," 20 Sep. 2018 Both are extinct species of small cephalopod mollusks and are in abundance on Charmouth Beach. David Shaftel, New York Times, "Searching for Dinosaurs in a Seaside English Town," 23 May 2018 An enormous 14-foot long squid has washed up on the shores of Wellington, New Zealand, prompting images of the colossal cephalopod to go viral. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Monster squid goes viral after it washed up in New Zealand," 27 Aug. 2018 With Voight's help, Hartwell identified the plentiful cephalopods as part of the genus Muusoctopus—and possibly even a species new to science. National Geographic, "Deepest Octopus Nursery Discovered, Holds Dark Secret," 20 Apr. 2018 Because of their complex brains, cephalopods became the first invertebrates to be protected by laboratory animal laws. Danna Staaf, Science | AAAS, "How to put an octopus to sleep—and make cephalopod research more humane," 4 Apr. 2018 The eight legs of the cephalopod represented the eight games the team needed to win in order to win the Stanley Cup. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 9 weirdest fan traditions in sports, from fish throwing to celery," 16 Apr. 2018 Some studies have examined the cephalopod’s ability to discern objects of different sizes, shapes, colors, brightnesses and textures; and its problem-solving, including the ability to navigate mazes and open jars. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "The Octopus: Stable Genius," 2 Feb. 2018 But a crucial question remained: Do the anesthetics widely used in cephalopods actually work? Danna Staaf, Science | AAAS, "How to put an octopus to sleep—and make cephalopod research more humane," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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