[hahy-druh s]

noun, genitive Hy·dri [hahy-drahy] /ˈhaɪ draɪ/. Astronomy.

the Water Snake, a southern constellation between Eridanus and Octans.

Origin of Hydrus

< Latin < Greek hýdros water serpent
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Examples from the Web for hydrus

Historical Examples of hydrus

  • Pliny tells us that the hydrus lives in the water, and is exceedingly venomous.

  • Reticulum, the Net, is a small constellation to the east of Hydrus and Horologium.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrus


noun Latin genitive Hydri (ˈhaɪdraɪ)

a constellation near the S celestial pole lying close to Eridanus and Tucana and containing part of the Small Magellanic cloud

Word Origin for Hydrus

C17: from Latin, from Greek hudros water serpent, from hudōr water
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