from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous carnivorous marine mollusks of the genus Octopus or related genera, found worldwide. The octopus has a rounded soft body, eight tentacles with each bearing two rows of suckers, a large distinct head, and a strong beaklike mouth. Also called devilfish.
- n. Something, such as a multinational corporation, that has many powerful, centrally controlled branches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several marine molluscs/mollusks, of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.
- n. The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
- n. An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See devilfish.
- n. Any member of the genus Octopus.
- n. Something resembling an octopus in having numerous controlling arms or branches that reach widely and influence many activities; -- used mostly of organizations, such as diversified corporations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Octopodidæ and Octopoda.
- n. [lowercase; pl. octopi (-pī).] A species or an individual of the genus Octopus; an octopod; a poulpe; a devilfish. See also cut under cuttlefish.
- n. Hence Figuratively, any centralized organization which has many branches and secret connections, and thereby maintains an oppressive hold upon the public.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tentacles of octopus prepared as food
- n. bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
New Latin Octōpūs, genus name, from Greek oktōpous, eight-footed : oktō, eight; + pous, foot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὀκτώπους (oktōpous), from ὀκτώ (oktō, "eight") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)