Loch Ness monster


noun

a large aquatic animal resembling a serpent or a plesiosaurlike reptile, reported to have been seen in the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, but not proved to exist.

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Origin of Loch Ness monster

First recorded in 1930–35

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Cultural definitions for Loch Ness monster

Loch Ness Monster
[ (lokh nes) ]

A gigantic, humped, dragonlike creature thought to inhabit the icy depths of Loch Ness, a lake in north-central Scotland. Periodic sightings of “Nessie” have been alleged since the early 1930s (though the legend of such a creature dates to the seventh century), but the monster remains elusive.

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