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sea mouse

  1. any of several large, marine annelids of the genus Aphrodite and related genera, having a covering of long, fine, hairlike setae.
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Origin of sea mouse

First recorded in 1510–20
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Examples from the Web for sea mouse

Historical Examples

  • The sea-mouse was a sausage with iridescent fur: very peculiar.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • I declare I see the very rock where I saw the sea-mouse—out there!

    The Long Vacation

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • This polychte, sometimes called the sea-mouse, is one of the most beautiful of worms.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • A is the Sea-Mouse, a bristly creature so named by some very imaginative person.

  • Looking far more like a hairy slug than a worm, the sea-mouse also belongs to the class of the annelids.

British Dictionary definitions for sea mouse

sea mouse

  1. any of several large polychaete worms of the genus Aphrodite and related genera, having a broad flattened body covered dorsally with a dense mat of iridescent hairlike chaetae
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Word Origin

C16: so called because of its appearance
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