[krah-kuh n]

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for kraken

hydra, leviathan, oarfish

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British Dictionary definitions for kraken



a legendary sea monster of gigantic size believed to dwell off the coast of Norway

Word Origin for kraken

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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