Giant squid

Giant squid
Giant Gi"ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster]

{Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}.

{Giant clam} (Zo["o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas}, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to contain holy water.

{Giant heron} (Zo["o]l.), a very large African heron ({Ardeomega goliath}). It is the largest heron known.

{Giant kettle}, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See {Pothole}.

{Giant powder}. See {Nitroglycerin}.

{Giant puffball} (Bot.), a fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum}), edible when young, and when dried used for stanching wounds.

{Giant salamander} (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic salamander ({Megalobatrachus maximus}), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.

{Giant squid} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to {Architeuthis} and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Giant squid — Squid Squid (skw[i^]d), n. [Cf. {Squirt}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of ten armed cephalopods having a long, tapered body, and a caudal fin on each side; especially, any species of {Loligo}, {Ommastrephes}, and related genera. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giant squid — n. any of a genus (Architeuthis) of very large squids that reach a length of 18.3 m (60 ft): it is the largest invertebrate …   English World dictionary

  • Giant squid — This article is about squid of the genus Architeuthis. For other large squid, see cephalopod size. For the post metal group, see Giant Squid (band). Giant squid Giant squid, Architeuthis sp., modified from an illustration by A.E. Verrill, 1 …   Wikipedia

  • giant squid — noun largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet long) • Syn: ↑architeuthis • Hypernyms: ↑squid • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Architeuthis * * * noun, pl ⋯ squid or ⋯ squids [count] : a very large type of squid …   Useful english dictionary

  • giant squid — any squid of the genus Architeuthis, inhabiting deep ocean bottoms and sometimes attaining an arm span of 65 ft. (20 m) or more. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • giant squid — noun Any of several species of very large squid, of the family Architeuthidae, that live at great depths, and of which little is known …   Wiktionary

  • giant squid — noun a deep sea squid which is the largest known invertebrate, reaching a length of 18 m (59 ft) or more. [Genus Architeuthis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • giant squid — noun Date: circa 1890 any of a genus (Architeuthis) of extremely large squids that may attain a length of 60 feet (18 meters) and include the largest mollusks known …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Giant squid in popular culture — The Giant squid s elusive nature and fearsome appearance have long made it a popular subject of legends and folk tales. Its popularity as an image continues today with references and depictions in literature, film, television, and video… …   Wikipedia

  • Giant Squid (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Giant Squid Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Sacramento, California, United States Instrument = Genre = Post metal Years active = Label = The End Records Associated acts …   Wikipedia

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