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Keywords: animals

Pronunciation (IPA): 'o.bed.a.wan 
Part of Speech: term noun verb 
Class: pali 
Forms: opetawan 
Glosses: octopus 


The term 'opetawan' is believed to be a calque of 'octopus' which arose sometime in the early or middle period, possibly multiple times, and was established as the word for octopus by the AXZ in the early modern period. It literally means 'eight arm'. It is mainly used as a noun, in a verbal context is would be a pali verb meaning 'be an octopus '.

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