noun, plural hy·dras, hy·drae [hahy-dree] /ˈhaɪ dri/ for 1–3, genitive hy·drae [hahy-dree] /ˈhaɪ dri/ for 4.
Origin of hydra
Related Words for hydrainvasion, scourge, contagion, pandemic, epidemic, curse, infection, outbreak, influenza, infestation, blight, calamity, pest, cancer, tumor, disaster, evil, bane, burden, jinx
Examples from the Web for hydra
Contemporary Examples of hydra
But this may be like the Hydra, where something new can grow in its place.The Folly of Banning Greece’s Neo-Nazi Party
October 5, 2013
Antifragile things, meanwhile, are strengthened by it—just as Hydra grows stronger and more multiheaded with every decapitation.A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed
November 26, 2012
The gang is a hydra, he said, and Suffolk County has seen fluctuations in gang activity.Central American Gang MS-13 Cuts Swath of Murder and Mayhem Across Long Island
June 3, 2012
Historical Examples of hydra
The diseases of a State are like the heads of a hydra; they multiply when they are cut off.The Republic
Slice off at a blow the head of this beast of rebellion, this hydra of heresy.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
The Crow is represented as standing on, and pecking at, the coils of Hydra.
Crater is situated at about the centre of Hydra and is on the meridian, April 26th.
Hydra is about 100° in length and reaches almost from Canis Minor to Libra.
noun plural -dras or -drae (-driː)
Word Origin for hydra
noun Latin genitive Hydrae (ˈhaɪdriː)
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.