General English


  • An eight-armed cephalopod, Octopus vulgaris, found worldwide in warm seawater and usually in the range 30 cm to 1 m long (head and tentacles), although they can reach 3 m. They vary in colour from transparent to blue-black. The tentacles and head flesh of larger animals are usually cooked after pounding to soften the tissues. To cook, put a cork in the head and place in boiling unsalted water and boil for 10 to 20 minutes depending on size, alternatively smaller ones are tender if cooked very quickly e.g. by deep-frying or stir-frying.


  • noun a bus. An item of rhyming slang from the Merseyside area, given exposure by its use in the TV soap opera Brookside.