2. [syn: octopus, devilfish]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Octopus \Oc"to*pus\, n. [NL. See Octopod.]
1. (Zool.) A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including
numerous species, some of them of large size. See
2. (Zool.) Any member of the genus Octopus.
3. (Fig.) 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: tentacles of octopus prepared as food
2: bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight
long tentacles [syn: octopus, devilfish]