The octopus, the sepia, and the calamary are all constructed on one fundamental plan.
A name for the calamary, Loligo vulgaris, an animal allied to the cuttle-fish.
It seldom exceeds four or five inches in length, and, like the calamary, is used largely as a bait by fishermen.
calamary, kal′a-mar-i, n. a popular name applied to numerous forms of cuttle-fish or Cephalopoda, more esp.
An animal allied to the cuttle-fish, belonging to the class Cephalopoda; the calamary or Loligo of naturalists.
Squid, skwid, n. a kind of cuttle-fish or calamary: a lure used in trolling for fish.
The only doubt I have is whether the fisherman correctly described his assailant as an octopus, and whether it was not a calamary.