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[sef-uh-luh-pod] /ˈsɛf ə ləˌpɒd/
any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus.
Also, cephalopodic, cephalopodous
[sef-uh-lop-uh-duh s] /ˌsɛf əˈlɒp ə dəs/ (Show IPA)
. belonging or pertaining to the Cephalopoda.
Origin of cephalopod
1820-30; < New Latin Cephalopoda; see cephalo-, -pod Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalopod


any marine mollusc of the class Cephalopoda, characterized by well-developed head and eyes and a ring of sucker-bearing tentacles. The group also includes the octopuses, squids, cuttlefish, and pearly nautilus
of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalopoda
Derived Forms
cephalopodan, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for cephalopod

1825, from French cephalopode, from Modern Latin Cephalopoda (the class name), from Greek kephale "head" (see cephalo-) + pod-, stem of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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cephalopod in Science
Any of various marine mollusks of the class Cephalopoda, having long tentacles around the mouth, a large head, a pair of large eyes, and a sharp beak. Cephalopods have the most highly developed nervous system of all invertebrates. Many cephalopods squirt a cloud of dark inky liquid to confuse predators. Cephalopods include the octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus, and the extinct ammonites, belemnites, and other nautiloids.
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