how to pronounce octopus


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octopus is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of octopus in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… Minneapolis the octopus the bear in …”

meanings of octopus


  1. To plug a large number of devices into a single electric outlet.
  2. To behave like an octopus.
  3. To put (or attempt to put) one's fingers, hands or arms in many things or places at roughly the same time.
  4. To hunt and catch octopuses.
  5. To spread out in long arms or legs in many directions.
  6. To grow in use vastly beyond what was originally intended.


  1. An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
  2. The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
  3. Any of several marine molluscs of the family Octopodidae, having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid and cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.

octopus frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word octopus occurs in english on average 2.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics octopus can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that octopus can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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