[ ok-tuh-puhs ]
/ 藞蓲k t蓹 p蓹s /
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noun, plural oc路to路pus路es, oc路to路pi [ok-tuh-pahy]. /藞蓲k t蓹藢pa瑟/.
any octopod of the genus Octopus, having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.
something likened to an octopus, as an organization with many forms of far-reaching influence or control.
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Origin of octopus

1750鈥60; <New Latin <Greek okt峁損ous (plural okt峁損odes) eight-footed; see octo-, -pod
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British Dictionary definitions for octopus

/ (藞蓲kt蓹p蓹s) /

noun plural -puses
any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc, having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda (octopods)
a powerful influential organization with far-reaching effects, esp harmful ones
another name for spider (def. 8)

Word Origin for octopus

C18: via New Latin from Greek okt艒pous having eight feet
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