kraken

[ krah-kuh n ]
/ ˈkrɑ kən /

noun (often initial capital letter)

a legendary sea monster causing large whirlpools off the coast of Norway.

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Origin of kraken

From Norwegian
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kraken

/ (ˈkrɑːkən) /

noun

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

kraken


n.

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

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