One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of cephalopod mollusks that comprises the octopuses.
- ‘These included the superorders Octopodiformes and Decapodiformes, the order Octopoda, the octopod suborder Incirrata, and the teuthoid suborder Myopsida.’
- ‘A guess is that octopod is a backformation from the neuter plural octopoda, the name of the order containing octopuses.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek oktōpous, oktōpod-, from oktō ‘eight’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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