Definitions for octopusˈɒk tə pəs; -ˌpaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•to•pusˈɒk tə pəs; -ˌpaɪ(n.)(pl.)-pus•es, -pi

  1. any octopod of the genus Octopus, having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.

    Category: Invertebrates

  2. something likened to an octopus, as an organization that exercises far-reaching control.

Origin of octopus:

1750–60; < NL < Gk oktṓpous (pl. oktṓpodes) eight-footed

Princeton's WordNet

  1. octopus(noun)

    tentacles of octopus prepared as food

  2. octopus, devilfish(noun)

    bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. octopus(noun)ˈɒk tə pəs

    a sea creature with eight long arms

Wiktionary

  1. octopus(Noun)

    Any of several marine molluscs/mollusks, of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.

  2. octopus(Noun)

    The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.

  3. octopus(Noun)

    An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.

  4. Origin: From ὀκτώπους, from ὀκτώ + πούς.

Freebase

  1. Octopus

    The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. Octopuses have two eyes and four pairs of arms and, like other cephalopods, they are bilaterally symmetric. An octopus has a hard beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms. Octopuses have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates. The octopus inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the ocean floor. They have numerous strategies for defending themselves against predators, including the expulsion of ink, the use of camouflage and deimatic displays, their ability to jet quickly through the water, and their ability to hide. An octopus trails its eight arms behind it as it swims. All octopuses are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopus, is known to be deadly to humans. Around 300 species are recognized, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species. The term 'octopus' may also be used to refer only to those creatures in the genus Octopus.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

octopus(noun)

a type of sea-creature with eight tentacles.

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