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  • proper n. A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • adj. Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.

Etymologies

Invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story The Call of Cthulhu. Possibly based on chthonic. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Lovecraft transcribed the pronunciation of Cthulhu as Khlûl′-hloo and said that "the first syllable of Khlûl′-hloo is pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness."" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu source: H. P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters V, pp. 10 – 11.

    August 21, 2014

  • Haha! Thanks, qms.

    August 20, 2014

  • No Wordnik need fear foul Cthulhu.
    We trust in our champ, a true lulu.
    She'll sow confusion
    In prolix profusion.
    That demon will flee fierce ruzuzu!

    August 20, 2014

  • This does give Clooloo, Clulu and Tulu as apparent variants from Lovecraft's writing.

    December 12, 2009

  • Oh, weird. I wonder how the misspelling became standard?

    December 12, 2009

  • No, it's Cthulhu, according to the original tale, "The Call of Cthulhu."

    December 12, 2009

  • Is this not supposed to be Cthulu?

    December 11, 2009