polypus


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pol·yp

(pol'ip),
A general descriptive term used with reference to any mass of tissue that bulges or projects outward or upward from the normal surface level, thereby being macroscopically visible as a hemispheroidal, spheroidal, or irregular moundlike structure growing from a relatively broad base or a slender stalk; polyps may be neoplasms, foci of inflammation, degenerative lesions, or malformations.
Synonym(s): polypus
[L. polypus; G. polypous, contr. fr. G. polys, many, + pous, foot]

polypus

/poly·pus/ (pol´ĭ-pus) pl. pol´ypi   [L.] polyp.

pol·yp

(pol'ip)
A general descriptive term used with reference to any mass of tissue that bulges or projects outward or upward from the normal surface level, thereby being macroscopically visible as a hemispheroid, spheroid, or irregular moundlike structure growing from a relatively broad base or a slender stalk; polyps may be neoplasms, foci of inflammation, degenerative lesions, or malformations.
Synonym(s): polypus.
[L. polypus; G. polypous, contr. fr. G. polys, many, + pous, foot]

polypus

pl. polypi [L.] polyp.
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This hydra is all the imaginative possibilities of the Polypus made good, a "means of exploring multiplicity, movement, and connection, the long waves and planetary currents of humanity" (6).
O Polypus of Death O Spectre over Europe and Asia .
The difference, in other words, between seeing the Polypus and seeing the hydra might be a matter of learning how to read.
If the poet is to be a Kraken, it seems, he must achieve that point of identification on rather specialized terms, through a semantic trick, a verbal illusion, in which one kind of polypus substitutes for another.
These animals are apparently at, or near, the ocean floor-but then, as one kind of polypus becomes another, there is a further bottoming-out, by which reader and Kraken end up in a peculiar minimalist harmony, back, perhaps, at the beginning of life (however life may have begun, whether by God's hand or nature's).
The regressive polypus, that soothing and somnolent hybrid, is replaced altogether by a more spectacular creature, susceptible to intensive investigation.