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 for Giant squid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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">Giant puffball (Bot.), a fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum),
        edible when young, and when dried used for stanching
        wounds.
  
     Giant salamander (Zool.), a very large aquatic salamander
        ({Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It is the
        largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.
  
     Giant squid (Zool.), one of several species of very large
        squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera.
        Some are over forty feet long.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Squid \Squid\ (skw[i^]d), n. [Cf. Squirt.]
     1. (Zool.) 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 Calamary,
        Decacerata, Dibranchiata.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Some of these squids are very abundant on the Atlantic
           coast of North America, and are used in large
           quantities for bait, especially in the cod fishery. The
           most abundant of the American squids are the northern
           squid ({Ommastrephes illecebrosus), ranging from
           Southern New England to Newfoundland, and the southern
           squid ({Loligo Pealii), ranging from Virginia to
           Massachusetts.
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     2. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other
        substance, fastened on its shank to imitate a squid.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Flying squid, Giant squid. (Zool.) See under Flying,
        and Giant.
  
     Squid hound (Zool.), the striped bass.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  giant squid
      n 1: largest mollusk known about but never seen (to 60 feet
           long) [syn: architeuthis, giant squid]

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