octopi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Created in Latin by analogy with pōlypus (octopus), which was either second or third declension in both Latin and Greek, though historically third in the latter.

Noun[edit]

octopi pl

  1. (hypercorrect) plural form of octopus

Usage notes[edit]

The forms octopuses and octopi appear roughly equally prevalent, with octopodes being much rarer. However, octopi is hypercorrect. See octopus for further discussion.