Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A suborder or superfamily of dibranchiate Cephalopoda, containing those cephalopods which have eight feet, arms, or rays; the Octocerata. The arms are acetabuliferous, with sessile suckers, and one of them is hectocotylized in the male. The body is short, stout, and globose; the eyes are small and have a sphincterial arrangement for opening and shutting. There is no buccal membrane around the mouth, no valves in the siphon, and no nidamental gland; the viscericardium is reduced to a pair of canals, and the oviducts are paired. The Octopoda include the paper-nautilus with the ordinary octopods. They are contrasted with Decapoda. See cuts under argonaut, Argonautidæ, and cuttlefish. Also called
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. octopuses and paper nautilus
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“The taxonomist notices the fact and distinguishes the two groups of Octopoda and Decapoda.”
“The term octopod (plural octopods or octopodes) is taken from the taxonomic order Octopoda but has no classical equivalent.”
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