Adjective "octopus" definition and examples

(Octopus may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɒktəpəs/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A cephalopod mollusc with eight sucker-bearing arms, a soft sac-like body, strong beak-like jaws, and no internal shell.
  1. 'Cephalopods, the octopus, the squid and cuttlefish are the main groups, I think.'
  2. 'This fish is vital to the reef ecosystem as a predator of smaller fish, lobster, crab, octopus, and shrimp.'
  3. 'Local fishermen reported the appearance of large numbers of octopuses.'
  4. 'The olives were too strong, and the octopus too hesitant.'
  5. 'Otters also are known to eat crabs, octopus, squid, sea stars, and fish.'
  6. 'Abalone belongs to the phylum Mollusca, a group which includes clams, scallops, sea slugs, octopuses, and squid.'
  7. 'The harbor seal's diet consists of fish, cephalopods, such as octopus and squid, and crustaceans.'
  8. 'They eat a wide range of prey, often octopus and small molluscs.'
  9. 'Indeed, octopuses are frequently observed to exert force on objects with their arms aligned parallel to the line of force.'
  10. 'A nautilus does not have suckers on its tentacles like an octopus does.'

More definitions

1. any octopod of the genus Octopus, having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.

2. something likened to an octopus, as an organization with many forms of far-reaching influence or control.

More examples(as adjective)

"trucks can be octopus."

"fallings can be octopus."

"tossings can be octopus."

Origin

Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek oktōpous (see Octopoda).