Octopus vs Pulp - What's the difference?

octopus | pulp |

As a proper noun octopus

is .

As an adjective pulp is

(fiction) of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.

As a noun pulp is

a soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.

As a verb pulp is

to make, or be made into pulp .



(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


    * polypus

    See also

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



    (wikipedia pulp)


    (en adjective)
  • (fiction) Of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.
  • * {{quote-usenet
  • , year = 1997 , monthday = July 22 , author = Eric Gimlin , email = , title = Re: Annual theme '98 , id = 33D504B4.105@swbell.net , url = https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/h6fDoLuqLi4/pgvPYWi2DZIJ , group = rec.arts.comics.dc.universe }}
    The Nightwing annual had what felt like a very 'pulp-ish' plot, and the Superman annual was great, with a very pulp plot and a incredible Doc Savage tribute cover.
  • * {{quote-usenet
  • , year = 2003 , monthday = January 3 , author = Mark Wheatley , email = , title = Re: PULP 2003 READING , id = 3E159FC7.70409@insightstudiosgroup.com , url = https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.pulp/lPi5SkZJfHo/KeinLoXh5_4J , group = alt.pulp }}
    Rather than Asimov I might suggest Stanley Weinbaum (since he died young and early in his career, he is far more "pulp " than Asimov - and remarkably readable - there is a LANCER collection of some of his short stories).


    * (l), (l)


  • A soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.
  • A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter]] and being characteristically [[print, printed on rough, unfinished paper.
  • The soft center of a fruit
  • The soft center of a tooth
  • A mixture of wood, cellulose and/or rags and water ground up to make paper.
  • Mass of chemically processed wood fibres (cellulose).
  • Derived terms

    * beat to a pulp * pulp chamber * pulpaceous * pulpal * pulpament * pulpectomy * pulpify * pulpily * pulpless * pulp mill * pulpous * pulpotomy * pulpwood * pulpy


    (en verb)
  • To make, or be made into pulp
  • To beat to a pulp.
  • Derived terms

    * pulper