• WordNet 3.6
    • n octopus bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
    • n octopus tentacles of octopus prepared as food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born
    • Octopus (Zoöl) A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See Devilfish.
    • Octopus (Zoöl) Any member of the genus Octopus.
    • Octopus 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An octopus has three hearts
    • n octopus The typical genus of Octopodidæ and Octopoda.
    • n octopus [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 octopus Hence Figuratively, any centralized organization which has many branches and secret connections, and thereby maintains an oppressive hold upon the public.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An Octopus has 3 hearts
    • n Octopus ok′tō-pus a widely distributed genus of eight-armed cuttle-fishes, covered with suckers, a devil-fish.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Octopod
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. oktō, eight, pous, podos, foot.


In literature:

It clung with an octopus-like grip to my soul.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
A young giant with a grip like an octopus.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
What was the gruesome object in front that resembled a dead octopus with decayed black arms?
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
The tentacles of the great criminal octopus which Rayne controlled were indeed far-spread.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
I was held as in the tentacles of an octopus.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Next to the opening was a small octopus.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Bud had "taken hold" of me and I am forced to say he did it with the effective enthusiasm of an octopus.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
They killed it, rebuilt their grill (larger this time), and cut up the octopus and cooked and ate it.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
Greta girl, ever bandaged even a Terra octopus?
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The octopus of commercial, mechanical and economical life had strangled the soul and all its attributes.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The tentacles of that man's influence, reach out like those of an octopus.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
It is the land which has taken them to itself as an octopus takes a drifting boat in a lonely sea.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Sperm whales feed primarily on squid but may occasionally also take octopuses and a variety of fishes.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
The vision she saw was now no longer the octopus.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
An octopus is supposed to live indefinitely, you know.
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
But the octopus had firmly closed about its victim, whose struggles, before the year 100 A.D., had practically ceased.
"A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland" by Mary Platt Parmele
He walked in, awed by the secrecy of this sea-cavern, almost expectant of a mermaid or octopus in the deepest cranny.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
You're just like a pack of octopuses, winding one in their suckers.
"The Twilight of the Souls" by Louis Couperus
Once in a blue moon, you get an octopus, but for the most part, you get skeletons.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Across his bruised, battered back had been tattooed in blue and black, the repulsive figure of an octopus.
"The Secret Pact" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

And I have loved the Octopus,
Since we were boys together.
I love the Vulture and the Shark:
I even love the weather.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.
"The Octopus" by Ogden Nash
Strike and smoothe, for my decks are drums,
Sing through the water-spoken prow
The octopus walking into her limbs
The polar eagle with his tread of snow.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Rather like an octopus, but strange and sweet-myriad-limbed
Like a nude, like a rock-living, sweet-fleshed sea-anemone,
Flourishing from the rock in a mysterious arrogance.
"Bare Fig-Trees" by D H Lawrence
Tonight I saw a little moon
Caught in the naked, brown branches of a tree.
Like an octopus, they held it,
Passing it in horrible silence
From tentacle to tentacle.
Then slowly ... they pulled it down.
"Tragedy" by Edith Mirick

In news:

Local activists photographed Mr Mayer's catch and posted the photos on their website and urged outraged residents to sign a petition banning the harvesting of giant Pacific octopuses .
Killing of Puget Sound octopus for 'art project' angers divers.
The tide of outrage continues to rise over the killing of a giant pacific octopus in one the region's most popular dive sites.
Octopuses also have a dramatic life story.
Sizemore remembers well his encounters with giant Pacific octopuses underwater.
Divers outraged by octopus hunting in Seattle's Elliott Bay.
SEATTLE — Some Seattle scuba divers are upset at two divers who pulled a giant Pacific octopus out of a popular dive spot within sight of the downtown skyline.
Diver's octopus catch sparks an outcry among some.
Two local men saw a fellow scuba diver dragging a large octopus out of the water at a popular dive site on the Puget Sound.
And while it's legal to hunt octopus , some divers say it's like killing animals at a petting zoo.
Octopus Communications has been brought in as retained PR agency to raise the profile of specialist law firm Kemp Little.
The octopus is an intelligent creature with some amazing abilities.
Rare argonaut octopus hatches 6,500 babies in SoCal (PHOTOS/VIDEO).
A rare octopus that was discovered in Southern California waters is getting a lot of attention.
Like other octopuses , they can change color to camouflage themselves.

In science:

The overall shape resembles an ‘octopus’, with a round head and many legs.
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
Kodama et al. (2001) report several ‘octopus’-like tentacles around ACO851 (z = 0.41) which have colours entirely consistent with the CMR of the cluster itself.
Pulling out Threads from the Cosmic Tapestry: Defining Filaments of Galaxies