from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous carnivorous marine mollusks of the genus Octopus or related genera, found worldwide. The octopus has a rounded soft body, eight tentacles with each bearing two rows of suckers, a large distinct head, and a strong beaklike mouth. Also called devilfish.
- n. Something, such as a multinational corporation, that has many powerful, centrally controlled branches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several marine molluscs/mollusks, of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.
- n. The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
- n. An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See devilfish.
- n. Any member of the genus Octopus.
- n. Something resembling an octopus in having numerous controlling arms or branches that reach widely and influence many activities; -- used mostly of organizations, such as diversified corporations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Octopodidæ and Octopoda.
- n. [lowercase; pl. octopi (-pī).] A species or an individual of the genus Octopus; an octopod; a poulpe; a devilfish. See also cut under cuttlefish.
- n. Hence Figuratively, any centralized organization which has many branches and secret connections, and thereby maintains an oppressive hold upon the public.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tentacles of octopus prepared as food
- n. bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
 The cuttlefish, or octopus (_Sepia octopus_).
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But the lifespan of the common octopus is only 3 years
But the lifespan of the common octopus is only 3 years and tickets to Germany are out of my price range at the present time
Oh, and Sonya gifted me with an enormous plush octopus from the MCZ gift shop, which I have christened Nemo.
I used to have this cute little stuffed octopus from the Monterey Aquarium that frightened the bejeezus out of 3/4 of the cats that met it, and was extremely, extremely alluring to the fourth cat.
By this time it was clear that I was not about to set the world of biology aflame -- not many people were interested in octopus behavior -- and so after the university grudgingly gave me
"Oooh, look, the octopus is going into the house!"
In this video from National Geographic, witness how a 600-pound octopus is able to squeeze through a tube the size of a quarter.
That octopus is now confined to a tiny corner of his aquarium where he's passing the hours bouncing a baseball against the wall.
Looks like they saved money by borrowing the octopus from the Nautilus ride at Disneyland.