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[krah-kuh n]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.

Origin of kraken

From Norwegian
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  1. a legendary sea monster of gigantic size believed to dwell off the coast of Norway

Word Origin

C18: from Norwegian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for kraken


monster of the North Sea, 1755, from Norwegian dialectal krake.

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