Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. kə-THOO-loo(English)
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Meaning & History

Created by author H. P. Lovecraft for a gigantic, horrible, octopus-like god, first introduced in the short story The Call of Cthulhu (1926). Lovecraft may have based the name on the word chthonic meaning "under the earth, subterranean", a derivative of Greek χθών (chthon) meaning "earth, ground, soil".

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Entry added April 25, 2021