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  • proper noun 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.
  • adjective Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.


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



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  • Is this not supposed to be Cthulu?

    December 11, 2009

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

    December 12, 2009

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

    December 12, 2009

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

    December 12, 2009

  • 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

  • Haha! Thanks, qms.

    August 20, 2014

  • "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."" source: H. P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters V, pp. 10 – 11.

    August 21, 2014