octopus

noun
oc·to·pus | \ ˈäk-tə-pəs , -ˌpu̇s \
plural octopuses or octopi\ˈäk-tə-ˌpī \

Definition of octopus 

1 : any of a genus (Octopus) of cephalopod mollusks that have eight muscular arms equipped with two rows of suckers broadly : any octopod excepting the paper nautilus

2 : something that resembles an octopus especially in having many centrally directed branches an octopus of a corporation which lends, buys, produces, and sellsAtlantic

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While Galicia is famed for its seafoods, the menus focus mainly on octopus, various types of shellfish and their coveted delicacy, barnacles. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018 Main seafood dishes include the popular Mediterranean sea bass, chopped salmon salad and fisherman’s salad featuring octopus, calamari and shrimp with mixed greens. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 The unmistakable odor of octopus and squid grilling over charcoal permeated the air. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 Area fisherman donate many of the live specimens, catching crabs, lobsters and the occasional octopus in their fishing pots. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Be Part of a Catch-and-Release Aquarium in Scotland," 19 Apr. 2018 The new menu, created by chef Rhoelle Gabriel, will feature dishes like eggplant parmigiana in a jar, roasted octopus and pizzas from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven, as well as a few favorite items from Dolce’s original menu. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County restaurants start the season with summer specials," 21 June 2018 With all the trimmings from the seafood moving through Rebelle’s kitchen — sole, snapper, octopus and trout — Rebelle made a bowl of cream-forward seafood chowder that delivered big value, adventure and bacon for just $12. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018 Food specials include Chef Esteban Contreras tacos (chicken, shrimp or octopus). Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 The crashing of waves emerge as the rest of the symphony joins in, and the setting eventually dips under the surface to capture marine life, from plankton, octopuses, and coral to sea turtles and countless species of fish. National Geographic, "How to Create a Music Score for Our Planet," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of octopus

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for octopus

New Latin Octopod-, Octopus, from Greek oktōpous

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octopus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of octopus

: a sea animal that has a soft body and eight long arms

: the flesh of an octopus used as food

octopus

noun
oc·to·pus | \ ˈäk-tə-pəs \
plural octopuses or octopi\-tə-ˌpī \

Kids Definition of octopus

: a marine animal that has a soft rounded body with eight long flexible arms about its base which have sucking disks able to seize and hold things (as prey)

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