Pronunciation: (ok'tu-pus), [key]
—pl. -pus•es, -piPronunciation: (-pī"). [key]
1. any octopod of the genus Octopus, having a soft, oval body and eight sucker-bearing arms, living mostly at the bottom of the sea.
2. something likened to an octopus, as an organization with many forms of far-reaching influence or control.
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