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The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.
Dodie Smith

Meaning of "octopus" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OCTOPUS

Via New Latin from Greek oktōpous having eight feet.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OCTOPUS

octopus  [ˈɒktəpəs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OCTOPUS

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Octopus is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES OCTOPUS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

octopus

Octopus

The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. Octopuses have two eyes and four pairs of arms and, like other cephalopods, they are bilaterally symmetric. An octopus has a hard beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms. Octopuses have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates. The octopus inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, pelagic waters, and the ocean floor. They have numerous strategies for defending themselves against predators, including the expulsion of ink, the use of camouflage and deimatic displays, their ability to jet quickly through the water, and their ability to hide. An octopus trails its eight arms behind it as it swims. All octopuses are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopus, is known to be deadly to humans. Around 300 species are recognized, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species. The term 'octopus' may also be used to refer specifically to the genus Octopus.

Definition of octopus in the English dictionary

The definition of octopus in the dictionary is any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc, having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda. Other definition of octopus is a powerful influential organization with far-reaching effects, esp harmful ones.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OCTOPUS


allotropous
əˈlɒtrəpəs
amphitropous
æmˈfɪtrəpəs
anatropous
əˈnætrəpəs
campylotropous
ˌkæmpɪˈlɒtrəpəs
eutropous
ˈjuːtrəpəs
hemitropous
hɛˈmɪtrəpəs
heterotopous
ˌhɛtəˈrɒtəpəs
isotropous
aɪˈsɒtrəpəs
orthotropous
ɔːˈθɒtrəpəs
paranthropus
pəˈrænθrəpəs
plagiotropous
ˌpleɪdʒɪˈɒtrəpəs
sinanthropus
sɪnˈænθrəpəs
xenopus
ˈzɛnəpəs
zinjanthropus
zɪnˈdʒænθrəpəs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OCTOPUS

octogenary
octogynous
octohedron
octonarian
octonaries
octonarius
octonary
octonocular
octopetalous
octopod
octopodan
octopodous
octopush
octopusher
octoroon
octosepalous
octostichous
octosyllabic
octosyllable
octothorp

WORDS THAT END LIKE OCTOPUS

Apus
blue-ringed octopus
Canopus
corpus
habeas corpus
hippocampus
lupus
magnum opus
mopus
Mount Scopus
off-campus
Olympus
on-campus
opus
pithecanthropus
platypus
pus
rhizopus
Scopus
seropus

Synonyms and antonyms of octopus in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «octopus» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OCTOPUS

Find out the translation of octopus to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of octopus from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «octopus» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

章鱼
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pulpo
570 millions of speakers

English

octopus
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ऑक्टोपस
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أخْطَبُوطٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

осьминог
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

polvo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অক্টোপাস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pieuvre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sotong
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Tintenfisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

タコ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

문어
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gurita
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con bạch tuộc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆக்டோபஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आठ पायांचा सागरी प्राणी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ahtapot
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

polipo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ośmiornica
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

восьминіг
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

caracatiță
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χταπόδι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

seekat
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bläckfisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

blekksprut
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of octopus

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OCTOPUS»

The term «octopus» is very widely used and occupies the 17.425 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OCTOPUS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about octopus

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10 QUOTES WITH «OCTOPUS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word octopus.
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Luigi Barzini
They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.
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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
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Pat Burns
I got hit with an octopus in Detroit one time. It was the most gross thing I've ever had happen. I got it right in the back of the neck; all the juice was coming down. It was awful.
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Cat Cora
Right now I'd love to be sitting on a Greek island somewhere because of being Greek American, eating great octopus salad and some fantastic lamb. Or sipping a little ouzo. I think the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest... Lots of nuts, vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, lean meats, yogurt.
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Ted Cruz
I was bitten by an octopus.
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Mike deGruy
If you're going to make a lot of films about a particular group of animals, you might as well pick one that's fairly common. And octopus are: they live in all the oceans. They also live deep. And I can't say octopus are responsible for my really strong interest in getting in subs and going deep, but whatever the case, I like that.
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Frans de Waal
Octopuses have hundreds of suckers, each one equipped with its own ganglion with thousands of neurons. These 'mini-brains' are interconnected, making for a widely distributed nervous system. That is why a severed octopus arm may crawl on its own and even pick up food.
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Scott Fujita
The first time I had a baked potato, I was eight years old at a friend's house. Most white kids growing up have a baked potato every day. I didn't even know what to do with it, how to open it. I was the only white kid in high school eating octopus.
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Dodie Smith
The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.
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Michael Symon
On 'Chopped,' the time goes down a bit and there are several ingredients, usually one that makes no sense whatsoever with the rest of the ingredients. So it gets you out of your culinary comfort zone a little bit. Like we had octopus and cheese paired up with each other.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OCTOPUS»

Discover the use of octopus in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to octopus and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's ...
Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the wild search, by a colorful cast of rogues and schemers, for a “secret market” beneath the financial market we all know.
Guy Lawson, 2012
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The Octopus
The Octopus: A Story of California is a novel written by author Frank Norris. The Octopus is about wheat growers who are in conflict with a railroad company during late 19th century California.
Frank Norris, 2008
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Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story
It can be used to decrease pain and anger. This engaging story quiets the mind and relaxes the body so your child can let go of anger and fall asleep peacefully. This is one of four stories featured on the Indigo Ocean Dreams CD.
Lori Lite, 2008
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My Very Own Octopus
Bursting with fun and imaginative details, this is a story of a little boy who fantasizes about the amusing and practical possibilities of owning a pet octopus.
Bernard Most, 1991
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Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help ...
"How the study of ecology and evolution can fortify us against disaster and war"--
Rafe Sagarin, 2012
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We'll paint the octopus red
Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie A. Bodeen, 1998
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Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories
Fourteen poems about a variety of fanciful topics.
Calef Brown, 2005
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An Octopus Is Amazing
Lauber's chatty, fact-filled text makes the book a good read-aloud, and Keller's amusing and colorful drawings enhance it—a perfect match of text and illustration." —SLJ. Children's Books of 1990 (Library of Congress)
Patricia Lauber, 1996
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Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table
This is food writing that goes beyond the simple pleasure of eating--"Honey, Olives, Octopus" illuminates something about what it means to be alive.
Christopher Bakken, 2013
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Cowboy and Octopus
Although Cowboy and Octopus have different opinions about beans and knock-knock jokes, their friendship endures.
Jon Scieszka, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OCTOPUS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term octopus is used in the context of the following news items.
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Police: One-eyed octopus painted on bike path
A multicolored, one-eyed octopus with horns was spray-painted on the pavement of the bike path near Waukegan Avenue and Naida Terrace, ... «Chicago Tribune, Jul 15»
2
Ucluelet Aquarium fans have new octopus to ogle
A brand new baby octopus is moving into the Ucluelet Aquarium. The tiny animal was recently discovered by a group of researchers who were ... «Alberni Valley Times, Jul 15»
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Small plates with huge flavor vault Little Octopus onto the A-list of …
Little Octopus, the new venture from the team behind Otaku South, is more sophisticated than its predecessor. But it's just as good. In fact, as ... «Nashville Scene, Jul 15»
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How To Make An Octopus Hot Dog, The Freakiest Hot Dog You'll …
The Seattle Dog is smothered in cream cheese, the Mexican Sonora dog is wrapped in bacon, and the Japanese octodog looks like an octopus ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Watch These Damselfish Mercilessly Harass an Octopus
Smart, tough, and hungry, an octopus is near the top of the ocean's predatory hierarchy. That makes it odd to see an octopus flee, repeatedly, ... «io9, Jul 15»
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Run-ins with an octopus
Chantavit "Ter" Dhanasevi is a man of many talents, both on-screen and off. While Chantavit has been a part of the screen-writing team for ... «Bangkok Post, Jul 15»
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Octopus signs Instagram 'sensation' Unspirational
Commissioning editor Hannah Knowles acquired world English rights to Texts From Your Ex from Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein, on behalf of ... «The Bookseller, Jul 15»
8
Meet a local Gladstone band: Octopus
MEET THE BAND: Bass player Darren Woodman, guitarist and singer Kelvin Sweeney and drummer Jason Bucholz make up local band, ... «Gladstone Observer, Jul 15»
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Hatfield Marine Science Center celebrates 50 years in Newport …
The octopus (look at its different color in another photo). Scenes from the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center's visitor center in Newport, ... «OregonLive.com, Jul 15»
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Retail veteran Browett joining Octopus board as non-executive
Octopus offers funds to financial advisers and investors and uses the cash raised to take venture capital-like stakes in fledgling companies, ... «City A.M., Jul 15»

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