英会話ブログ その739       Animals, from A to Z

2015/12/31

"O" is for Octopuses

Two other pulrals for octopus are : "octopi", or "octopodes".

Octopuses have two eyes and four pairs of arms (or legs, depending on the person observing the octopus).  Until researching this blog about octopi, I had always thought of their appendices as "legs".  

However, according to scientific authorities, they are "arms".  They have a hard "beak" for a mouth at the center of point of their arms.   Their heads are large and elongated, giving them an alien-like look.  They have no internal, or external skelton.  Their skin can change color for camouflage.

In Japanese, they are called, "tako".  The tako is very popular in Japanese culture as a food source, of course, as well as a "cute" cartoon image.  Most Japanese kids can easily draw a tako.  The majority of Western children are not very fond of octopodes, some thinking that they resemble little monsters.

Octopuses can eject a thick, black cloud of ink to help them escape from predators.                                            (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
plural                          複数形
depending on the person         人によって
appendices                      付属物(appendixの複数形)
beak                            くちばし
elongate                        伸びる、長くする
change color for camouflage     カモフラージュのために色を変える
as well as 〜          〜と同様に
be fond of 〜          〜を好む
resemble little monsters         小さな怪獣に似ている
eject a thick, black cloud of ink   濃い、黒いインクのかたまりを吐き出す
predator                        捕食者

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