sea horse

or sea·horse


noun

any fish of the genus Hippocampus, of the pipefish family, having a prehensile tail, an elongated snout, and a head bent at right angles to the body.
a fabled marine animal with the foreparts of a horse and the hind parts of a fish.
a walrus.

Nearby words

  1. sea hare,
  2. sea heath,
  3. sea hog,
  4. sea holly,
  5. sea hollyhock,
  6. sea islands,
  7. sea kale,
  8. sea king,
  9. sea lace,
  10. sea ladder

Origin of sea horse

1425–75; late Middle English sehors walrus; compare German Seepferd

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British Dictionary definitions for sea horse

sea horse

noun

any marine teleost fish of the temperate and tropical genus Hippocampus, having a bony-plated body, a prehensile tail, and a horselike head and swimming in an upright position: family Syngnathidae (pipefishes)
an archaic name for the walrus
a fabled sea creature with the tail of a fish and the front parts of a horse
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