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[ok-tuh-pod] /ˈɒk təˌpɒd/

any eight-armed cephalopod mollusk of the order or suborder Octopoda, including the octopuses and paper nautiluses.
any cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda, including octopuses and the paper nautilus, having eight tentacles, and lacking an internal shell
of, relating to, or belonging to the Octopoda

1826 (adj.); 1835 (n.), from Latinized form of Greek oktopod-, from stem of oktopous (see octopus).


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