Octopus in different languages?

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  1. Darwinishungry

    Darwinishungry Cuttlefish Registered

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    -edit

    I don't need this information anymore. Thank you anyways!

    -DIH :notworth:
     
  2. Tigerkatze_82

    Tigerkatze_82 O. vulgaris Registered

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    Hi :)

    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
     
  3. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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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.
     
  4. Melissa

    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Joel, can you give us a phonetic rendering of octo in Chinese?
     
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    cletusthebold Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    In Korean, octopus is "Munoo" (moo-no).
     
  6. Cephkid

    Cephkid Sepia elegans Supporter

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    Tako = octopus... :P
     
  7. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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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.
     
  8. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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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-yĆ¼
    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:
     
  9. Melissa

    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    TTF, thanks for this great list!

    and the Chinese characters, too!
     

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