Octopus vs Chameleon - What's the difference?

octopus | chameleon |


As a proper noun octopus

is .

As a noun chameleon is

chameleon.

octopus

Noun

(see usage notes)
  • Any of several marine molluscs/mollusks, of the family '', having no internal or external protective shell or bone (unlike the nautilus, squid or cuttlefish) and eight arms each covered with suckers.
  • (uncountable) The flesh of these marine molluscs eaten as food.
  • An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre.
  • Usage notes

    The plural octopi is hypercorrect, coming from the mistaken notion that the (term) in . The plural octopii is based on an incorrect attempt to pluralise the word based on an incorrect assumption of its origin, and is rare and widely considered to be nonstandard. Sources differ on which plurals are acceptable: (w, Fowler's Modern English Usage)'' asserts that “the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses”, while (Merriam-Webster) and other dictionaries accept (term) as a plural form. The ''(Oxford English Dictionary) lists (term), (term), and (term) (the order reflecting decreasing frequency of use), stating that the last form is rare. The term octopod (either plural octopods and octopodes can be found) is taken from the taxonomic order Octopoda but has no classical equivalent, and is not necessarily synonymous (it can encompass any member of that order). The collective form (term) is usually reserved for animals consumed for food.

    Derived terms

    * octopean * octopian * octopic * octopine * octopuslike * octopussy

    Synonyms

    * polypus

    See also

    * calamari * cuttlefish * Kraken * nautilus * octopoid * squid

    chameleon

    Alternative forms

    * chamaeleon *

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae , and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.
  • A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.
  • * 2014 , Michael White, " Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian , 8 September 2014:
  • He is a political chameleon , as charming to business leaders he met privately in Aberdeen on Friday night as he has been inspiring to distressed and desperate Labour defectors in Glasgow and beyond.
  • (physics) A hypothetical scalar particle with a non-linear self-interaction, giving it an effective mass that depends on its environment: the presence of other fields.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • Describing something that changes color.
  • The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.

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