The ocean's horrid crew, The octopus,
the serpent, and the shark, with the heart of a coward, Plunge downward when they hear my feet above on the sea- floor, And hide in their slimy coverts.
- "Pan and Aeolus: Poems", Charles Hamilton Musgrove.
But when I got to askin' where she'd collected all this grouch against our local meat and provision octopus,
she cheers up again.
- "The House of Torchy", Sewell Ford.
This food is chiefly the Squid or Sepia octopus,
known also by the name of the cuttle- fish.
- "Old Jack", W.H.G. Kingston.