Octopus

Oc"to*pus

(?), n. [NL. See Octopod.] 1. (Zol.) A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See Devilfish.
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2. (Zol.) Any member of the genus Octopus.
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3. (Fig.) Something resembling an octopus in having numerous controlling arms or branches that reach widely and influence many activities; -- used mostly of organizations, such as diversified corporations.
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