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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various cephalopod mollusks of the order Octopoda, which includes the octopuses, having eight sucker-bearing arms.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Octocerata.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Octōpoda, order name, from Greek oktōpoda, neuter pl. of oktōpous, octopus; see octopus.]

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