giant squid

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Two previous expeditions, both of which involved Kubodera, have returned still photographs of a giant squid in the deep and video footage of one at the surface. Mark Schrope, Scientific American, "Live Giant Squid Filmed in Deep Ocean [Video]," 14 Jan. 2013 The squid was about 4 meters long, although giant squid can grow as large as 10 meters or more. Mark Schrope, Scientific American, "Live Giant Squid Filmed in Deep Ocean [Video]," 14 Jan. 2013 Similar sightings of giant oarfish, giant squid and other undersea giants led early sailors to weave tales about sea serpents, the kraken and other beasts. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the Real Animals Behind Mermaids, Dragons and Other Mythical Creatures," 21 Dec. 2020 And thus America perished, by the evil actions of a few, by the inaction of the many, and by the worldwide conspiracy of the giant squid. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1415: The Year in Redo, Part 1," 17 Dec. 2020 The kraken of Nordic legends was likely based on actual sightings of giant squid and octopuses, but folklore embellished it into a monstrosity capable of creating massive whirlpools and swallowing up even the largest ships. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "Re-Releasing the ‘Kraken’: Mythical Beast of the Sea, Movies and Now, Election Disputes," 3 Dec. 2020 Days before, the giant squid probably had been swimming and searching for food. Heather Djunga, Washington Post, "Giant squid that washed ashore in South Africa is a rare glimpse of the deep-sea creature," 10 Nov. 2020 The museum has about 20 giant squid specimens, including one that is twice as long as the new arrival. Heather Djunga, Washington Post, "Giant squid that washed ashore in South Africa is a rare glimpse of the deep-sea creature," 10 Nov. 2020 Last month, a nearly 14-foot giant squid arrived on a South African beach in its death throes, still spewing ink. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle’s New Hockey Team Name," 24 July 2020

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant%20squid. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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giant squid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of giant squid

: a very large type of squid

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