cthulhoid - (kuh-THOO-loyd; adj.) 1. Like or resembling HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu, an enormous, vaguely manlike creature with a huge betentacled head (like a Whovian Ood or Peter Jackson's watcher in the water from his Lord of the Rings movies); 2. any huge, tentacled monster (resembling Cthulhu) like those appearing in many 50s and 60s monster movies.

[From Cthulhu (probably from Greek chthonic "of the earth") + -oid, Greek "like, resembling"). Cthulhu was such a horrifyingly alien creature that his very existence was antithetical to human sanity; indeed, two of the men who discover Cthulhu's house in the South Pacific actually die from simple exposure to him.]

e.g., Giant squids, according to 50s movie lore, were terrifyingly big and powerful cthulhoids who could crush ships and submarines and drag their hapless hulks and crews to a crushing, soggy death in the dark abysses of the sea.

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