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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various cephalopod mollusks of the order Octopoda, such as an octopus, having eight tentacles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any animal with eight feet or foot-like parts.
  • n. Any cephalopod mollusks of the order Octopoda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Octocerata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Mollusca, eight-footed or eight-armed, as an octopus; pertaining to the Octopoda, or having their characters; octocerous.
  • n. An octopus, or octopod cephalopod; any member of the Octopoda.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell

Etymologies

From New Latin Octōpoda, order name, from Greek oktōpoda, neuter pl. of oktōpous, octopus; see octopus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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