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sea serpent

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noun
  1. an enormous, imaginary, snakelike or dragonlike marine animal.
  2. (initial capital letters) Astronomy. the constellation Hydra.

Origin of sea serpent

First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for sea serpent

Historical Examples

  • It certainly looked as much like a sea-serpent as any thing yet.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Well, it do seem likely,” said Tom; “but I never could swallow the sea-serpent.

    The Golden Magnet

    George Manville Fenn

  • The sailors with one accord agreed that it was the work of a sea-serpent.

  • How many times have horse-mackerels been taken for the sea-serpent!

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

  • Take, for instance, the wide-spread legend of the sea-serpent.


British Dictionary definitions for sea serpent

sea serpent

noun
  1. a huge legendary creature of the sea resembling a snake or dragon
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