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sea hare

noun
1.
any gastropod of the order Aplysiacea, comprising large marine sluglike mollusks with a reduced, internal shell.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95
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British Dictionary definitions for sea hare

sea hare

noun
1.
any of various marine gastropods of the order Aplysiomorpha (or Anaspidea), esp Aplysia punctata, having a soft body with an internal shell and two pairs of earlike tentacles
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Encyclopedia Article for sea hare

any marine gastropod of the family Aplysiidae (subclass Opisthobranchia) that is characterized by a shell reduced to a flat plate, prominent tentacles (resembling rabbit ears), and a smooth or warty body. Sea hares eat large seaweeds. An example is the 10-centimetre (4-inch) spotted sea hare (Aplysia dactylomela), a ring-spotted green species living in grassy shallows of the Caribbean.

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