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Any of various carnivorous marine mollusks of the class Cephalopoda, having a large head, a mouth with a chitinous beak surrounded by arms or tentacles, and in most species, an ink sac containing a dark fluid used for defense, and including the octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses.
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cephalopodany member of the class Cephalopoda containing molluscs such as squids (10 arms) and octopuses (8 arms). They have a well-developed brain, eyes very similar to vertebrate eyes (an example of CONVERGENCE), and are capable of rapidly changing colour through the possession of CHROMATOPHORES.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005