- any octopod of the genus Octopus, having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.
- something likened to an octopus, as an organization with many forms of far-reaching influence or control.
Origin of octopus
Examples from the Web for octopus
Sadly, Paul the Octopus did not outlive his impressive but unpopular World Cup predictions by long.
It's at a time like this that Germans yearn most for Paul the Octopus, the great mollusk soothsayer for Germany.
Octopus is one of those sleazy and boorish Americans whose instincts prove correct.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
They are the Tarpon, the Falcon, the Sea Fox, and the Octopus.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Instead, as Guy Lawson writes in Octopus, Israel engineered a haphazard plan to fake his own death.First Rule of the Fake Dead Bankers Club: Stay Gone
January 3, 2014
It was only at the hotel with Pre Batifoul that I learnt about the octopus.My Double Life
Not until she was elbow deep in suds did she recall her dreams about the octopus.Weak on Square Roots
The squid is a very small edition of the giant devilfish or octopus.The Harbor of Doubt
No octopus, no matter what proportions, filled the description.
And so far, getting along with Russia was like trying to get along with an octopus.Slingshot
Irving W. Lande
- any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc, having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda (octopods)
- a powerful influential organization with far-reaching effects, esp harmful ones
- another name for spider (def. 8)
Word Origin and History for octopus
1758, genus name of a type of eight-armed cephalopod mollusks, from Greek oktopous, literally "eight-footed," from okto "eight" (see eight) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). Proper plural is octopodes, though octopuses probably works better in English. Octopi is from mistaken assumption that -us in this word is the Latin noun ending that takes -i in plural.