octopus (see usage notes)
- Any of several marine molluscs of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid and cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.
- (uncountable) The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
- An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
- French: pieuvre, poulpe
- German: Tintenfisch (usual word; scientific for Coleoidea); Oktopus (chiefly scientific for the genus Octopus); Krake (scientific for Octopoda)
- Italian: piovra, polpo, ottopode
- Portuguese: polvo
- Russian: осьмино́г
- Spanish: pulpo
octopus (octopusses, present participle octopussing; past and past participle octopussed)
- To put (or attempt to put) one's fingers, hands or arms in many things or places at roughly the same time.
- To spread out in long arms or legs in many directions.
- To plug a large number of devices into a single electric outlet.
- (by extension) To grow in use vastly beyond what was originally intended.
- To hunt and catch octopuses.
- To behave like an octopus.