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octopus (ˈɒktəpəs



(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: octopus An octopus is a sea creature with eight tentacles.ˈɒktəpəs NOUN
  • Arabic: أخْطَبُوطٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: polvo
  • Chinese: 章鱼
  • Croatian: hobotnica
  • Czech: chobotnice
  • Danish: blæksprutte
  • Dutch: octopus
  • European Spanish: pulpo
  • Finnish: mustekala
  • French: pieuvre
  • German: Tintenfisch
  • Greek: χταπόδι
  • Italian: polipo
  • Japanese: タコ動物
  • Korean: 문어
  • Norwegian: blekksprut
  • Polish: ośmiornica
  • Portuguese: polvo
  • Romanian: caracatiță caracatițe
  • Russian: осьминог
  • Spanish: pulpo
  • Swedish: bläckfisk
  • Thai: ปลาหมึกยักษ์
  • Turkish: ahtapot
  • Ukrainian: восьминіг
  • Vietnamese: 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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