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One entry found for octopus.
Main Entry: oc·to·pus
Pronunciation: primarystressäk-tschwa-pschwas
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -pus·es or octo·pi /-secondarystresspimacr/
Etymology: from scientific Latin Octopod-, Octopus "octopus," from Greek oktomacrpous, literally, "eight-footed," from oktomacr "eight" and pous "foot"
1 : any of various sea mollusks that are cephalopods having eight muscular arms with two rows of suckers which hold objects (as its prey)
2 : something suggestive of an octopus; especially : a powerful grasping organization with many branches
[octopus illustration]

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