ὀκτώπους

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ὀκτώ (oktṓ) (eight) and πούς (poús) (leg).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ὀκτώπους (oktṓpousm, ὀκτώπους f, ὀκτώπουν n; third declension

  1. eight-footed

Noun[edit]

ὀκτώπους (oktṓpous) (genitive ὀκτώποδος) m, third declension

  1. octopus

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Many words for "octopus" in other languages are instead either calques of "eight-foot" or from Latin polypus or from Germanic Kraken. Some languages have more than one word for octopus from these sources, or from other sources altogether. Some of the languages that do have a word for "octopus" ultimately from this Ancient Greek source may also have a more primary term from another source.

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