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Declinatio Octopus, Octopi in Quodam Libro

"Declinatio Octopus, Octopi in Quodam Libro"
"Inflection Octopus, Octopi in a Certain Book"

Rose Williams, a veteran Latin instructor, wrote a series of Latin-language books for the younger folks. One of them is this one:

Octavus Octopus: Octavus the Octopus

Well, look how the word octopus is declined in the book:



It is second-declension and masculine. The nominative plural form is octopi, as seen in one of the choose-the-correct-answer section:



"The mother says, "Octopi have no [a. feet]."

Once again, so much for the idea that octopi is an error made by people ignorant of the Greek and Latin languages!

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