Definition of octopus
2 : something that resembles an octopus especially in having many centrally directed branches an octopus of a corporation which lends, buys, produces, and sells — Atlantic
Recent Examples of octopus from the Web
If it’s sea cucumbers and sea urchins today, why not octopus, turtles, and alligators tomorrow?
Wynne wrote, possibly referring to Revolver’s pulpo — octopus — taco.
The museum windows directly behind him were already adorned with giant octopus-leg decals visible from the street below.
The octopus ceviche, or pulpo, has a different reputation, Ms. Rivas said.
This Sanford restaurant’s Bite30 menu includes dishes such as baby octopus mopped in sorghum, a Plant City strawberry salad, maple leaf duck confit and its infamous chocolate gravy biscuit.
For the octopus, with thousands of suckers studding symmetric arms, each of which can bend at any point, building a central mental representation of how to move seems like a computational nightmare.
There will also be multiple aquariums with interactive hands-on research stations featuring the giant octopus, moray eels, Japanese spider crabs and more.
In the original Japanese version the pencil was an octopus and the eraser was a Japanese kokeshi doll.
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Origin and Etymology of octopus
New Latin Octopod-, Octopus, from Greek oktōpous
First Known Use: 1759See Words from the same year
OCTOPUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of octopus for English Language Learners
: a sea animal that has a soft body and eight long arms
: the flesh of an octopus used as food
OCTOPUS Defined for Kids
Definition of octopus for Students
: 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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