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

Keep scrolling for more

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 things you don't want to miss at Light City 2018," 10 Apr. 2018 The deep sea just got a little spookier with the discovery of a ghostly octopod off the Hawaiian archipelago. National Geographic, "Watch an Amazing 'Ghost Octopus' Discovered in the Deep Sea," 4 Mar. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'octopod.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about octopod

Time Traveler for octopod

Time Traveler

The first known use of octopod was in 1817

See more words from the same year

Statistics for octopod

Cite this Entry

“Octopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octopod. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on octopod

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with octopod

Comments on octopod

What made you want to look up octopod? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!