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octopod

[ok-tuh-pod]
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noun
  1. any eight-armed cephalopod mollusk of the order or suborder Octopoda, including the octopuses and paper nautiluses.
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Origin of octopod

1820–30; < New Latin Octopoda name of the order < Greek oktṓpoda neuter plural of oktṓpous eight-footed. See octo-, -pod
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Historical Examples

  • Beyond the litter of activities the octopod was standing, empty of its crew.

    A Fool For Love

    Francis Lynde

  • These molt on the sixteenth day to form an octopod nymph, which molts again the twenty-first day.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Dutton and Todd observed that the larval stage is undergone in the egg and that the first free stage is that of the octopod nymph.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • And he swung over the railing and dropped off to mount the octopod and to race it back to the front.

    A Fool For Love

    Francis Lynde


British Dictionary definitions for octopod

octopod

noun
  1. any cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda, including octopuses and the paper nautilus, having eight tentacles, and lacking an internal shell
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Octopoda
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Word Origin and History for octopod

1826 (adj.); 1835 (n.), from Latinized form of Greek oktopod-, from stem of oktopous (see octopus).

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