[ sef-uh-luh-pod ]

  1. any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus.

  1. Also ceph·a·lo·pod·ic, ceph·a·lop·o·dous [sef-uh-lop-uh-duhs]. /ˌsɛf əˈlɒp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Cephalopoda.

Origin of cephalopod

1820–30; <New Latin Cephalopoda;see cephalo-, -pod

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British Dictionary definitions for cephalopod


/ (ˈsɛfələˌpɒd) /

  1. 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

adjectiveAlso: cephalopodic, cephalopodous (ˌsɛfəˈlɒpədəs)
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalopoda

Derived forms of cephalopod

  • cephalopodan, adjective, noun

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Scientific definitions for cephalopod


[ sĕfə-lə-pŏd′ ]

  1. 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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