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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Greek oktopous 'scorpion', from okto 'eight' + pous 'foot'

octopus

noun
     
oc‧to‧pus plural octopuses or octopi [countable]
HBA a sea creature with eight tentacles (=arms)
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