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sea mouse

any of several large, marine annelids of the genus Aphrodite and related genera, having a covering of long, fine, hairlike setae.
Origin of sea mouse
1510-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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
  • The sea-mouse was a sausage with iridescent fur: very peculiar.

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

  • The whale should make friends with the sea-mouse, who will serve as a guide so that the monster will never go astray.

    Bluebeard Clifton Johnson
  • A is the sea-mouse, a bristly creature so named by some very imaginative person.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-mouse

sea mouse

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
Word Origin
C16: so called because of its appearance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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