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giant squid

any squid of the genus Architeuthis, inhabiting deep ocean bottoms and sometimes attaining an arm span of 65 feet (20 meters) or more.
Origin of giant squid
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Everybody had been making fun of Dr. Harvey because he said there was such a thing as the giant squid.

  • The killing of a giant squid had been preceded by a specific guess that linked it to meteoric falls in the Luzon Deep.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Another flare swept from the fishing boat's deck in the direction of the giant squid.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • "I presume you mean that a giant squid or cuttle fish has attacked us," spoke the professor.

  • The Judge says the world is full of marvels and I fancy, your encounter with that giant squid is one of them.

    Dorothy on a House Boat Evelyn Raymond

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