Cephalopodic

cephalopod

[sef-uh-luh-pod]
noun
1.
any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus.
adjective
2.
Also, cephalopodic, cephalopodous [sef-uh-lop-uh-duhs] . belonging or pertaining to the Cephalopoda.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin Cephalopoda; see cephalo-, -pod

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cephalopod (ˈsɛfələˌpɒd)
 
n
1.  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
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalopoda
 
cepha'lopodan
 
adj, —n

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cephalopod
1826, from Fr. cephalopode, from Mod.L. cephalopoda, from Gk. kephale "head" + pod-, stem of pous "foot" (see foot).
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cephalopod   (sěf'ə-lə-pŏd')  Pronunciation Key 
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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