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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Recent Examples on the Web To catch the giant squid in action, scientists used Crittercams, remotely operated vehicles, and even dove in submersibles. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade," 20 Apr. 2010 Fairly elusive, the giant squid has been linked to myth since ancient times. Fox News, "Scientists unlock secrets about mysterious giant squid," 17 Jan. 2020 Deep sea expeditions can’t find everything Voyages deep below the ocean uncovered many things this year: 3D images of underwater volcanoes; close-ups with giant squid; pristine shipwrecks that are centuries old. New York Times, "What We Learned in Science News in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Large toothed whales, such as sperm whales, feed on large prey occasionally including the fabled giant squid. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, "Why are whales big, but not bigger?," 12 Dec. 2019 Winslow has visions of a mermaid washing ashore, while Wake seems entranced by and beholden to the lighthouse’s light, jealously guarding access to the top of the tower and possibly communing with a giant squid. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Lighthouse Takes You to the Hellish Ends of the Earth," 18 Oct. 2019 The animal turned out to be 10 to 12 feet long, and the scientists soon made the preliminary identification of the juvenile giant squid. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Stunning giant squid captured on video in US waters for first time," 24 June 2019 In 2012, a bubble sub off Japan captured the first video of a giant squid, a creature with a nightmarish tangle of tentacles. William J. Broad, New York Times, "Bubble Subs Arise, Opening Eyes to the Deep Sea," 18 Nov. 2019 King’s book explores the nature writing that illuminates Herman Melville’s classic novel, including information on white whales, whale intelligence, giant squid, albatrosses, sharks and American knowledge of the ocean in the mid-19th century. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer, travel author Patricia Schultz at Mark My Words," 30 Oct. 2019

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant squid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of giant squid

: a very large type of squid

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