oc·​to·​pod ˈäk-tə-ˌpäd How to pronounce octopod (audio)
: any of an order (Octopoda) of cephalopod mollusks (such as an octopus or argonaut) that have eight arms bearing sessile suckers
octopod adjective

Examples of octopod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Less than a year after being discovered, Casper the octopod could be in mortal danger. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2016 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of octopod was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Octopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octopod. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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