- any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus.
- Also ceph·a·lo·pod·ic, ceph·a·lop·o·dous [sef-uh-lop-uh-duh s] /ˌsɛf əˈlɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Cephalopoda.
Origin of cephalopod
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- any marine mollusc of the class Cephalopoda, characterized by well-developed head and eyes and a ring of sucker-bearing tentacles. The group also includes the octopuses, squids, cuttlefish, and pearly nautilus
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalopoda
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Word Origin and History for cephalopodic
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- Any of various marine mollusks of the class Cephalopoda, having long tentacles around the mouth, a large head, a pair of large eyes, and a sharp beak. Cephalopods have the most highly developed nervous system of all invertebrates. Many cephalopods squirt a cloud of dark inky liquid to confuse predators. Cephalopods include the octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus, and the extinct ammonites, belemnites, and other nautiloids.
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