noun plural

Ceph·​a·​lop·​o·​da ˌsef-ə-ˈläp-əd-ə How to pronounce Cephalopoda (audio)
: a class of mollusks including the squids, cuttlefishes, and octopuses that have a tubular siphon under the head, a group of muscular arms around the front of the head which are usually furnished with suckers, highly developed eyes, and usually a bag of inky fluid which can be ejected for defense or concealment
cephalopod adjective or noun
cephalopodan adjective or noun

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“Cephalopoda.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Cephalopoda. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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