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sea horse

or seahorse

noun
1.
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.
2.
a fabled marine animal with the foreparts of a horse and the hind parts of a fish.
3.
a walrus.
Origin of sea horse
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English sehors walrus; compare German Seepferd
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  • When he begs his guest to “Notice Neptune——taming a sea horse,” he further intimated how he had tamed and killed his last duchess.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • Often one thing is named after another from a merely fanciful resemblance, as, for instance, the "sea horse."

  • He then signalled that his vessel was the sea horse, one of the largest of its class known to be then on the American coast.

    Elsie and Her Loved Ones Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for sea horse

sea horse

noun
1.
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)
2.
an archaic name for the walrus
3.
a fabled sea creature with the tail of a fish and the front parts of a horse
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