What does Octopus mean?

Definitions for Octopus
ˈɒk tə pəs; -ˌpaɪOc·to·pus

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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


  1. Octopus(n.)

    (Zool.) Any member of the genus Octopus.

  2. Octopus(n.)

    (Fig.) Something resembling an octopus in having numerous controlling arms or branches that reach widely and influence many activities; -- used mostly of organizations, such as diversified corporations.

  3. Origin: [NL. See Octopod.]


  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.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Octopus

    ok′tō-pus, n. a widely distributed genus of eight-armed cuttle-fishes, covered with suckers, a devil-fish. [Gr. oktō, eight, pous, podos, foot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. octopus

    A type of marine animal.

    Octopuses inhabit diverse regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the ocean floor.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Octopus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Octopus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Octopus in a Sentence

  1. Tracy Morgan:

    I still have s–t here to do, it’s gonna take more than 18 wheels for me to get out of here. I have to raise my girl, raise my wife, raise my family … Gotta keep my octopus alive. Gotta keep my sharks alive. Those are God’s creatures! I’m needed!

  2. Dodie Smith:

    The family-that dear octopus from whese tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

  3. Robert Full:

    You might think the best shape changers are kind of like an octopus or a worm or a slug but yet we know that cockroaches can go through these tiny little cracks.

  4. Luigi Barzini:

    They eat the dainty food of gamous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.

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