Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoöl : A-poulp or cuttle.
- n. A polyp, in any sense
- n. [capitalized] A genus of cuttles. A genus of polyps.
- n. In pathology, any kind of tumor growing from a mucous membrane, of rounded form, and more or less distinctly pedunculated. The term is most frequently applied to benign growths
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Same as polyp.
- n. (Med.) A tumor, usually with a narrow base, somewhat resembling a pear, -- found in the nose, uterus, etc., and produced by hypertrophy of some portion of the mucous membrane.
- n. a small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane
- From Latin polypūs, from Ancient Greek πολύπους (polupous) (Wiktionary)
“O Mrs. Booth! could I have been certain that I had occasioned this, however innocently I had occasioned it, I could never have survived it; but the surgeon who opened him after his death assured me that he died of what they called a polypus in his heart, and that nothing which had happened on account of me was in the least the occasion of it.”
“It appeared to us that the production called polypus resembled an animal much less than a carrot or asparagus.”
“Applied also to the nose it cureth the disease called polypus, which by time and sufferance stoppeth the nostrils.”
“Now this power of reproduction increases as you descend the scale; as an instance, take the polypus, which is as near as possible at the bottom of it.”
“Those who have attended to the habits of the polypus, which is found in the stagnant water of our ditches in July, affirm, that the young ones branch out from the side of the parent like the buds of trees, and after a time separate themselves from them.”
“a creature called a polypus, that it still assumes the exact colour of that thing to which it cleaves.”
“But it would be like dissecting a 'polypus' or a 'madrepore' to enter into explanation with her.”
“A ludicrous example of this is a woman out West, whose picture graces the advertisements of a certain nostrum, accompanied by a testimonial that said nostrum cured her of a "polypus"!”
“A kind of polypus (mollusques),  known by seamen under the name of _galère_, was frequently driven in great numbers on our raft, and when their long arms clung to our naked bodies, they caused us the most cruel sufferings.”
“They had a transparent dorsal and two pectoral fins, which were all I observed, and a long thin snout or beak; the mouth was just at the end of it, on the top: some of them were thorny on the back; we caught also some crabs; a very minute blue fish; a black and red insect resembling a flea; a species of Diphyes; a very small kind of polypus; and one or two small jellyfish.”
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