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[krah-kuh n] /ˈkrɑ kən/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.
Origin of kraken
From Norwegian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "There were tales in olden times of the kraken," suggested Thorpe.

  • Unless I am in error, it had a pitched battle hereabouts with a kraken.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • The complainants must have been the kraken, the griffins, and the serpents.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • kraken dwelt on this savage coast in an inaccessible cavern.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • At the sight of kraken she uttered a cry of alarm and darted forward to escape from him.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • It is thus that the fair Orberosia became the consort of the hero kraken.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • On that day kraken came back to his cavern sooner than usual.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • I shall deliver the monster to kraken, who will stay him with his flashing sword.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for kraken


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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