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


  1. (nonstandard) plural of octopus
    Synonyms: octopuses, octopodes (see more in main entry)
    • 2009, Keith Spicer, Paris Passions: Watching the French Being Brilliant and Bizarre, BookSurge, →ISBN, page 43:
      Cuddling is what an epidemic of lovers are doing all around us on this nippy, dazzling day. Entangled in each other like doting octopi, sweethearts are seizing the day, the hour, the magic minute.

Usage notes edit

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