One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An octopus, cuttlefish, or other cephalopod; = "polypus".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From French poulpe (1554 in Middle French; slightly earlier as † poulpre, † poupe) from classical Latin pōlypus. Compare Catalan polp, Spanish pulpo, Italian polpo.
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