Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Octuplets

Octuplets? Octet? 八仙?

Several websites have information about the Octuplets (not "octet").

Breaking News English: U.S. woman gives birth to eight babies
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ESL Podcast Blog has a very good article about the Woman Gives Birth to Octuplets and includes the following information about the terms for multiple births:
  • 2 = twins
  • 3 = triplets
  • 4 = quadruplets
  • 5 = quintuplets
  • 6 = sextuplets
  • 7 = septuplets
  • 8 = octuplets
  • 9 = nonuplets
  • 10 = decaplets
According to the website Incredible Births, Decaplets is the highest number of multiples to be BORN at one time. Though higher multiples have been CONCEIVED, ten is the most to be born.

  • Decaplet Cases:
    Birth Date: April 22, 1946
    Birth Place: Brazil
    There were 2 girls and 8 boys. Whether they survived or not was never recorded.

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