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Crazy Octopus Sex

Posted in Blogs, interesting by 51future on April 7, 2008

Jealousy, Murder and Gender-Bending: Octopus Sex is Bizarre

For octopuses, sex is serious business.

As if its not enough that there are hexapodes now.

And if you were wondering:

octopus |ˈäktəpəs|
noun ( pl. -puses )

1 a cephalopod mollusk with eight sucker-bearing arms, a soft saclike body, strong beaklike jaws, and no internal shell.
octopus
• Order Octopoda, class Cephalopoda: Octopus and other genera.

2 figurative an organization or system perceived to have far-reaching and typically harmful effects : the octopus of destructive politics.

DERIVATIVES
octopoid |-ˌpoid| adjective
ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from Greek oktōpous (see also Octopoda ).
USAGE The standard English plural of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek, and the Greek plural form is octopodes ( |äkˈtäpəˌdēz|). Modern usage of octopodes is so infrequent that many people mistakenly create the erroneous plural form octopi, formed according to rules for Latin plurals. See also usage at ‘-i’ .

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