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  • n. Plural form of octopus.


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  • Fowler is not alone in rejecting octopi; some linguists do so on the grounds that octopus was not originally a Latin word but a Greek one – hence the pedantic plural octopodes, which is rarely if ever seen outside dictionaries, usage guides, and blog posts such as the one you are reading.

    Octopuses, octopi and oktopodes

  • In time, though, the emptiness should become rich profusion: Lobsters and octopodes will move into shadowy nooks, cleaning shrimp will set up work stations where sailors once did, extending an invitation of sorts to hungry garden eels and the eagle rays that eat the eels.


  • Stamper explains that throughout history, the word "octopus" has been pluralized as octopuses, octopi, and the more unusual octopodes.

    Is It 'Octopuses' Or 'Octopi'? Merriam-Webster Has The Answer In 'Ask An Editor' (VIDEO)

  • Perhaps, but octopi has been used by many reputable publications and raises fewer eyebrows than octopodes.

    Octopuses, octopi and oktopodes

  • In this book, Jacques asserts that though his divers have played with octopuses (very well: octopodes) hundreds of times, they have never once been bitten - and have never even heard of such an incident.

    The Ghost from the Grand Banks

  • Here's how to make hot dogs into octopi aka octopuses aka octopodes. - Articles related to Sea secrets - over 5,000 new marine species found

  • Note: In order to thwart a bunch of emails, I'd like to point out that octopuses, octopi, and octopodes are all acceptable ways to pluralize octopus.

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  • "Note: In order to thwart a bunch of emails, I'd like to point out that octopuses, octopi, and octopodes are all acceptable ways to pluralize octopus."

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  • If you want to be pedantic, the correct term is octopodes as the word octopus comes from Greek.

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  • After I took a plate of a pair of seasoned baby octopus (each served on a gunkan bed), the chef immediately replaced the vacated boat with a new serving - and I noticed just how much bigger those new octopodes are when compared to the puny ones I got,

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  • Octopuses, hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses are all fine by me. I also like the fact that the last of these makes a sight rhyme with noses and roses. (I love sight rhymes.)

    August 15, 2008

  • Pous being a type-3 Greek noun, the plural is podes, in two syllables. This is a rare form; more commonly, as in hippopotamus, the plural will take the form hippopotamoi. Rhinoceros becomes rhinocera (although that also is irregular, as it ought to be rhinocerata).

    August 15, 2008

  • Haha.. My professor taught us this word in Latin class :)

    September 18, 2007

  • Gotta love those plurals from Greek (the plural is very much not octopi!). Oh and it's pronounced okk-TOP-oh-deez. Jeez. :)

    May 11, 2007