[ ok-tuh-pod ]
/ ˈɒk təˌpɒd /


any eight-armed cephalopod mollusk of the order or suborder Octopoda, including the octopuses and paper nautiluses.

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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Examples from the Web for octopod

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

    A Fool For Love|Francis Lynde
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for octopod


/ (ˈɒktəˌpɒd) /


any cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda, including octopuses and the paper nautilus, having eight tentacles, and lacking an internal shell


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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