from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A huge sea monster in Norwegian legend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fabulous Scandinavian sea monster, often represented as resembling an island, but sometimes as resembling an immense octopus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mythical sea-monster said to appear at times off the coast of Norway.


Norwegian dialectal : krake, kraken + Norwegian -n, suffixed definite article.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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