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sea horse

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.
Also, seahorse.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English sehors walrus; compare German Seepferd
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  • Fortynine species of pipefish and nine species of seahorse have been recorded.
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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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