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, member of the class Cephalopoda, the most highly organized group of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), and including the squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. The class as a whole has become adapted for a free-swimming existence.
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 mollusk having no shell, eight muscular arms or tentacles, a pouch-shaped body, and two large, highly developed eyes. The prey (crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish) is seized by the sucker-bearing arms and pulled into the web of tissue at the base of the arms, paralyzed and partially digested by a poisonous salivary secretion, and chewed by the horny, beaklike jaws and the radula, or tooth ribbon. Octopuses move by pulling themselves along with their arms or by forcibly expelling water through the funnel or siphon in the manner of their near relative, the squid. Sometimes they construct barricades of large stones; most hide in rocky crevices at the approach of danger or cloud the water by ejecting dark "ink" from the ink sac. They also change color (from pinkish to brown) according to mood and environment, sometimes exhibiting rapid waves of color changes that sweep over the body. The 3-ft (91-cm) American devilfish is found off Florida and in the West Indies; a smaller species that reaches only 2 in. (5 cm) is found N of Cape Cod. The common octopus of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic occasionally reaches 10 ft (3 m) in length; the giant octopus of the Pacific may have a diameter of over 30 ft (9 m). Octopuses reproduce sexually. One of the arms of the male is modified into a sexual organ that deposits spermatophores in the mantle cavity of the female. The eggs are encased in capsules and attached to a rock, where the female guards them. The young hatch directly, without a larval stage. Octopus is eaten in many parts of the world. Octopuses are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Cephalopoda, order Octopoda, family Octopodidae, genus Octopus.

What does it mean when you dream about an octopus?

An octopus in a dream may signify that a situation or a personal relationship has completely entangled the dreamer. Alternatively, the dreamer may be too possessive and clinging in a relationship. If the dreamer is leaving home or a job in real life, this dream symbol may indicate the dreamer is clinging to a family member (e.g., the person’s mother or spouse) or to the employer or fellow employees. If the dream has a positive emotional tone, it may show someone involved in many different things.


(invertebrate zoology)
Any member of the genus Octopus in the family Octopodidae; the body is round with a large head and eight partially webbed arms, each bearing two rows of suckers, and there is no shell.


1. any cephalopod mollusc of the genera Octopus, Eledone, etc., having a soft oval body with eight long suckered tentacles and occurring at the sea bottom: order Octopoda (octopods)
2. another name for spider


You may say, “Who dreams of an octopus?” but people do, and you probably did if you are looking up this dream symbol. Frightening dreams involving an octopus may point to unhealthy attachments and entanglements in daily life. If the dream content was not frightening or disturbing, it may reflect your involvement in many different activities or adventures.
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A list of Facebook groups who focus on making the crochet octopi in their own local areas is here.
Rules include using 100% cotton, stuffing the octopi firmly with filling that can withstand 60 degree C (140 degree Fahrenheit) water during washing, and the head and tentacles must fit certain measurements in order to be safe.
It was thought that lids would help reduce escapement of octopi during haulback relative to pots without lids.
The two pots at the end of each string were conch pots used as anchors in order to keep the lighter octopus pots from lifting off of or rolling on the bottom and thus elicit greater rates of occupancy by octopi.
An information-theoretic perspective was used to compare the fits of relatively simple GLM's to help determine those combinations of gear and environmental factors most influential on occupancy of pots by octopi.
A total of 625 pots with lids, 625 pots without lids, and 250 conch pots were fished during the study; all pots combined caught a total of 229 octopi.
4 mm/mo; so, the Atlantic octopus shows a greater length and weight growth in relation to octopi from the Occidental Mediterranean Sea and from those off the east coast of Tunisia.
The monthly rate of growth of octopi along the east coast of Tunisia is superior to that of octopi in the Gabes Gulf.
The last factor seems to be determinant in the growth of octopi.
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