Antifragile things, meanwhile, are strengthened by it—just as hydra grows stronger and more multiheaded with every decapitation.
But this may be like the hydra, where something new can grow in its place.
The gang is a hydra, he said, and Suffolk County has seen fluctuations in gang activity.
Perhaps, some day or other, as a last peace-offering to the Republican hydra, MM.
Grief has been compared to a hydra, for every one that dies two are born.
This wholesome statute had at least the effect of changing a hydra into a Cerberus.
If it is not a Trust of transportation, it is only another head of the same hydra.
The hydra's teeth were already sown, and each grew up, independent of the rest, and soon sent out its own offsets.
The diseases of a State are like the heads of a hydra; they multiply when they are cut off.
You can keep down a feudal aristocracy by levelling a few heads, but you can't subdue a hydra with thousands.
1835, genus name of a freshwater polyp, from Greek Hydra, many-headed Lernaean water serpent slain by Hercules (this sense is attested in English from late 14c.), from hydor (genitive hydatos) "water" (see water (n.1)); related to Sanskrit udrah "aquatic animal" and Old English ottur "otter." Used figuratively for "any multiplicity of evils" [Johnson]. The fabulous beast's heads were said to grown back double when cut off, and the sea creature is said to be so called for its regenerative capabilities.
Plural hydras or hydrae (hī'drē)
See under hydroid.