What does the word octopus mean?

Usage examples for octopus

  1. At meal times quite a procession of men and women, glistening all over with coconut oil, would enter our hut bearing all sorts of native food, including fish in great variety, yams, octopus, turtle, sucking- pig, chicken, prawns, etc. – Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines by H. Wilfrid Walker
  2. I have in mind especially the influence of the octopus and the cow. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  3. For the season had been disastrous for the 'Varsity; several members of the team had been caught in the toils of the octopus examination and, what was worse among the members, ill- feeling existed due to past feuds. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger