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octopus (ˈɒktəpəs Pronunciation for octopus



(plural) -puses
  1. any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc, having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda (octopods)
  2. a powerful influential organization with far-reaching effects, esp harmful ones
  3. another name for spider (sense 8)

Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Greek oktōpous having eight feet

Translations for 'octopus'

  • British English: octopusPronunciation for octopus An octopus is a sea creature with eight tentacles.ˈɒktəpəs NOUN
  • Arabic: أخْطَبُوطٌPronunciation for أخْطَبُوطٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: polvoPronunciation for polvo
  • Chinese: 章鱼Pronunciation for 章鱼
  • Croatian: hobotnicaPronunciation for hobotnica
  • Czech: chobotnicePronunciation for chobotnice
  • Danish: blækspruttePronunciation for blæksprutte
  • Dutch: octopusPronunciation for octopus
  • European Spanish: pulpoPronunciation for pulpo
  • Finnish: mustekalaPronunciation for mustekala
  • French: pieuvrePronunciation for pieuvre
  • German: TintenfischPronunciation for Tintenfisch
  • Greek: χταπόδιPronunciation for χταπόδι
  • Italian: polipoPronunciation for polipo
  • Japanese: タコPronunciation for タコ動物
  • Korean: 문어Pronunciation for 문어
  • Norwegian: blekksprutPronunciation for blekksprut
  • Polish: ośmiornicaPronunciation for ośmiornica
  • Portuguese: polvoPronunciation for polvo
  • Romanian: caracatiță caracatițe
  • Russian: осьминогPronunciation for осьминог
  • Spanish: pulpoPronunciation for pulpo
  • Swedish: bläckfiskPronunciation for bläckfisk
  • Thai: ปลาหมึกยักษ์Pronunciation for ปลาหมึกยักษ์
  • Turkish: ahtapotPronunciation for ahtapot
  • Ukrainian: восьминіг
  • Vietnamese: con bạch tuộcPronunciation for con bạch tuộc

Example Sentences Including 'octopus'

Shirley's looked like a comet with a couple of tails, Eileen's more like an octopus.
Butler, Gwendoline Coffin on the Water
His way was the way you soften an octopus , beating it against a rock.
Brierley, David Skorpion's Death
Mr Jameson, the biology teacher, once said that an octopus brain was just as good as a human brain.
Leeson, Robert The Third Class Genie


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