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Octopus in different languages?

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Hi :smile:

Just a comment on your current list: the German word "Tintenfisch" is rather used for cuttlefishes than for octopus, I think. The most common word for octopus in Germany is "Oktopus".

TK
 

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If I'm not wrong 'pulpo' is spanish for octos, in german its 'krake', in french its 'pulpe', in italian its 'polipo' and in portugese its 'polvo'. Hope this helps.
 

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It would sound like " ba jiao yu" which directly translates to 8-legged fish. Cuttlefish are called " Mo yu " meaning ink fish and squids are "you yu".
I had to much free time and started writing the characters in paint so here it is.
 

Tintenfisch

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Just in case...

German: der Tintenfisch ('ink fish'), die Krake
Norwegian: et blekksprut ('ink-spitter')
Swedish: blaeckfisk
Maori: wheke
Tongan: feke
Spanish: el pulpo
Italian: il polipo
Korean: ba-yü
French: la pieuvre
Esperanto: polpo
Indonesian: cumecume
Latin and Greek: octopus (no kidding!)
Japanese: tako
Finnish: mustekala
Russian: osminog (a combination of the words 'eight legs')
Czech, Slovak and Bosnian: chobot nece ('trunk animal')
American Sign Language: make on 'o' shape with your right hand (four fingers curved, tips together with the tip of the thumb), rest your right thumb-knuckle on the back of your left hand, point your four left-hand fingers down and wiggle them.

:octopus:
 

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