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sea serpent

an enormous, imaginary, snakelike or dragonlike marine animal.
(initial capital letters) Astronomy. the constellation Hydra.
Origin of sea serpent
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With the emerging of the reckless Quabos, a sea-serpent appeared from above and snapped up three of their number.

  • The sailors with one accord agreed that it was the work of a sea-serpent.

  • He noted the sea-serpent in his journal, but with this doubt, "Semble—more like a very large eel."

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Well, it do seem likely,” said Tom; “but I never could swallow the sea-serpent.

    The Golden Magnet George Manville Fenn
  • Only, it was caught in the act of floundering, like an excellent candid shot of a sea-serpent floundering in snow.

    World Beyond Pluto C. H. Thames
  • Take, for instance, the wide-spread legend of the sea-serpent.

  • I believe something has killed the sea-serpent at the bottom of the sea and this is its ghost!

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • I have little doubt of the identity of the sea-serpent with the sea-dragon of the Chinese.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • Besides the monsters of the land and air there were, of course, medival varieties of the sea-serpent.

    Medival Byways Louis F. Salzmann
  • "I was expecting that," interrupted the sea-serpent, bitterly.

British Dictionary definitions for sea-serpent

sea serpent

a huge legendary creature of the sea resembling a snake or dragon
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