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

Definition of kraken

: a fabulous Scandinavian sea monster

Examples of kraken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one, the tentacles of a kraken envelop a Viking longship. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 For those without social media feeds, García unleashed a kraken of a throw from right field, clocked at 95.5 mph, that reached home plate on the fly. Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 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, 21 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, 3 Dec. 2020 The kraken has taken on many shapes in the minds of mariners and in the renderings of artists. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2020 The kraken’s more ancient origins are in Nordic folklore. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2020 Linnaeus classified the kraken as a cephalopod, the group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2020 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, 13 May 2019 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Kraken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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