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Pronunciation: (hī'dru), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/hydra.html on line 73 [key]
n.,
pl. -dras, -draePronunciation: (-drē) Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/hydra.html on line 87 [key] for 1–3,
gen. -draePronunciation: (-drē) Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/hydra.html on line 99 [key] for 4.

1. (often cap.) Class. Myth.a water or marsh serpent with nine heads, each of which, if cut off, grew back as two; Hercules killed this serpent by cauterizing the necks as he cut off the heads.
2. any freshwater polyp of the genus Hydra and related genera, having a cylindrical body with a ring of tentacles surrounding the mouth, and usually living attached to rocks, plants, etc., but also capable of detaching and floating in the water.
3. a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved.
4. (cap.) Astron.the Sea Serpent, a large southern constellation extending through 90° of the sky, being the longest of all constellations.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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See also:
  • Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/hydra.html on line 157 hydra (Thesaurus)

 

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