ὀκτώπους

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ὀκτώ (oktō) (eight) and πούς (pous) (leg).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. eight-footed

NounEdit

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

  1. octopus

InflectionEdit

DescendantsEdit

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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Last modified on 6 March 2014, at 02:13