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Polýpus. n.s. [πολύπους; polype, Fr.]

  1. Polypus signifies any thing in general with many roots or feet, as a swelling in the nostrils; but it is likewise applied to a tough concretion of grumous blood in the heart and arteries. Quincy.

    The polypus of the nose is said to be an excrescence of flesh, spreading its branches amongst the laminæ of the os ethmoides, and through the whole cavity of one or both nostrils. Sharp's Surgery.

    The juices of all austere vegetables, which coagulate the spittle, being mixed with the blood in the veins, form polypusses in the heart. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

  2. A sea animal with many feet.

    The polypus, from forth his cave
    Torn with full force, reluctant beats the wave,
    His ragged claws are stuck with stones.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Quincy, John (60) · Sharp, Samuel (11)

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