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 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, "This shark fought off a deep-sea squid, first-ever picture reveals," 5 June 2020 The tentacles of the massive cephalopod left golf ball-size suction marks on the skin of the shark, a seven-foot oceanic whitetip. Joshua Rapp Learn, National Geographic, "This shark fought off a deep-sea squid, first-ever picture reveals," 5 June 2020 This dashing cephalopod is on eBay! 100% of his sale will go straight to @mealsonwheelsamerica to help out folks in need of food in these weird times. oregonlive, "Drive-by ‘zoo’ pops up in Portland’s Alberta neighborhood," 25 Apr. 2020 By matching their skin to the background behind them, these cephalopods blend in almost seamlessly. Nathaniel Scharping, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘The Invisible Man’ Isn’t Real, but This Invisibility Technology Is," 28 Feb. 2020 Cleviceras are an extinct type of cephalopod creature. Fox News, "Fossil hunter finds 185M year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea creature inside," 19 Nov. 2019 In the Behavior category, Italy’s Pasquale Vassallo swept the competition with Octopus Training, which features a cephalopod bobbing along the underside of a soccer ball discarded at sea. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dazzling Display of Seals Wins Underwater Photographer of the Year Award," 25 Feb. 2020 In 2015, Albertin led a team that sequenced the first genome of a cephalopod. Fox News, "Scientists unlock secrets about mysterious giant squid," 17 Jan. 2020 While cephalopods have many complex and elaborate features, they are thought to have evolved independently of the vertebrates. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Team Uncovers Major New Truths About the Legendary Giant Squid," 16 Jan. 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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26 Jul 2020

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“Cephalopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cephalopod. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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