oc·​to·​pod | \ ˈäk-tə-ˌpäd How to pronounce octopod (audio) \

Definition of octopod

: any of an order (Octopoda) of cephalopod mollusks (such as an octopus or argonaut) that have eight arms bearing sessile suckers

Other Words from octopod

octopod adjective

Examples of octopod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This 20-foot-long, 15-foot-wide and 10-foot-high octopod will not only be lit up, but its tentacles will move. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, 10 Apr. 2018 The deep sea just got a little spookier with the discovery of a ghostly octopod off the Hawaiian archipelago. National Geographic, 4 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of octopod

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for octopod

ultimately from Greek oktōpod-, oktōpous scorpion, from oktō- octa- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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“Octopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octopod. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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