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architeuthis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n architeuthis largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Architeuthis (Zoöl) A genus of gigantic cephalopods, allied to the squids, found esp. in the North Atlantic and about New Zealand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n architeuthis A genus of monster cephalopods, or giant squids, of the family Ommastrephidæ, and related to Ommastrephes except in size. Several species are described, as A. princeps, A. harveyi, and A. megaptera. Some specimens are said to attain a total length of upward of 50 feet. These animals furnish the basis of fact for the fabulous monsters known as devil-fishes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. pref. +,, a kind of squid

Usage


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The Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux) is so elusive that the first photograph of a live specimen in its natural habitat wasn't captured until 2004.
Architeuthis dux, better known as the giant squid, is likely the inspiration for the legendary kraken.
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