- Resembling or characteristic of an octopus.
1961, Victor Appleton, Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung:
- The divers grappled each other in an octopuslike duel.
2004 July 9, Fred Camper, “Living in a Dream World”, in Chicago Reader:
- A white octopuslike beast is described as something that escapes when the ice thaws to collect "escaped spirits until the next frost"; a hulking presence in the painting, it's rendered even more alarming by the diagram, in which it looms over the silhouetted man.
2007 December 7, James Barron, “Bigger Cars, Flip-Up Seats, Poetry: How Riders Would Run a Subway”, in New York Times:
- The agency announced plans yesterday to subdivide the octopuslike system and make the manager of each line responsible for everything on that line, from bunched-together trains to unintelligible public-address announcements.