giant squid


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giant squid

n.
Any of various large squids of the genus Architeuthis, having small ovoid fins and very long arms and tentacles. Giant squids live in deep ocean waters and can attain lengths of 13 meters (43 feet).
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Noun1.giant squid - largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long)giant squid - largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long)
squid - widely distributed fast-moving ten-armed cephalopod mollusk having a long tapered body with triangular tail fins
genus Architeuthis - giant squid
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For the first time, researchers have photographed a living giant squid in the wild.
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Unlike the 9-foot 440-pound giant squid Architeuthis dux that washed onto a Massachusetts beach years earlier, this new squid has hooks instead of cuplike suckers on its arms, says Clyde Roper, a zoologist with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.
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