kra·​ken | \ ˈkrä-kən How to pronounce kraken (audio) \
plural krakens or kraken

Definition of kraken

: a fabulous Scandinavian sea monster

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Recent Examples on the Web But in Gorka’s version, the kraken is not Trump himself so much as the havoc brought forth by Trump’s will. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "When Trump’s Sidekicks Treat Politics Like an Action Movie," 24 July 2019 Some stayed just a fraction of an inch wide, while other kraken-like giants grew to more than eight feet across. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "This ancient sea creature fossilized in tree resin. How'd that happen?," 13 May 2019 But with the emergence of up-and-coming Warriors like Quinn Cook and Kevon Looney, Kerr is free to unleash the krakens … early, often and in unison. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, the Warriors death lineup killed the Pelicans," 8 May 2018 That list includes the kraken, vomiting Cronus, and Apollo. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Melissa Broder’s The Pisces, a Darkly Erotic Love Story Between a Woman and a Merman," 1 May 2018 Sue Doster, 53, struggled to hold up her top hat, a foam sailboat being sunk by the red tentacles of a kraken sea monster. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Only in New York: Easter Parade With Moai Heads and a Kraken," 1 Apr. 2018 Adventurous sailors once staved off scurvy by eating penguins, but the house specialty on this ship is kraken, the mythological giant octopus. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Expedition-Inspired Cocktails of Banzarbar," 24 Mar. 2018 Vortigern turns to a three-torsoed kraken composed of naked women and tentacles to acquire more power. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," 12 May 2017 A faceless, tattooed man A brilliant golden kraken slithers up the entire length of Greg Bosko’s left arm. Jacob Gedetsis, kansascity, "Meet some of KC’s biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ fans — they have the costumes to prove it," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of kraken

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kraken

Norwegian dialect

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“Kraken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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