giant squid


Definition of giant squid

: any of a genus (Architeuthis) of extremely large squids that may attain a length of 60 feet (18 meters) and include the largest mollusks known

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The Medusa gets around this problem with its red lights, which giant squid don’t see. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "How scientists got that amazing giant squid video," 25 June 2019 For the first time, a live giant squid had been filmed in U.S. waters. The Washington Post,, "Giant squid spotted in Gulf of Mexico in rare video," 24 June 2019 For the first time, a live giant squid had been filmed in U.S. waters. Author: Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists capture historic video of a giant squid," 24 June 2019 The discovery marks the first time that a living giant squid has been filmed in American waters. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch First Footage of Giant Squid Filmed in American Waters," 24 June 2019 According to the Smithsonian, the largest giant squid recorded by scientists was almost 43 feet long and may have weighed over a ton. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Eerie video captures giant squid in the U.S. for the first time ever," 24 June 2019 An analysis of the tentacles led Vecchione to conclude that Widder and team had indeed spotted a giant squid. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot a Giant Squid for the First Time in the U.S.," 24 June 2019 The team had indeed bumped into a giant squid—though this one wasn’t quite so giant. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Scientists spotted a rare giant squid swimming off the coast of Louisiana," 24 June 2019 For the first time, a live giant squid had been filmed in U.S. waters. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Scientists capture historic video of a giant squid," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of giant squid

1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of giant squid

: a very large type of squid

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