American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large snakelike marine animal often reported by mariners since antiquity but never positively identified.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An enormous marine animal of serpentine form, said to have been repeatedly seen at sea. Most stories of the sea-serpent are obviously mythical. The few accounts which appear to have some foundation in fact have exhausted all possible conjectures respecting any actual creature. Some natnralists have suspected that a huge marine reptile may have survived from a former fauna; but certainly no animal is known which answers to any current conception of the sea-serpent, nor has such an animal ever been captured. The popular statements regarding sea-serpents are generally believed to be based on inaccurate observations of various large marine animals or of schools of animals.
- n. In herpetology, a general name of the marine venomous serpents or seasnakes of the family Hydrophidæ. There are several genera and species, of warm seas, and especially of the Indian ocean, all extremely poisonous. The best-known belong to the genera Platurus, Pelamis, and Hydrophis, and have the tail more or less compressed like a fin. See also cuts under
- n. A chain of salps linked together.
- n. A name of Ophichthys gomesii, an eel of the family Ophichthyidæ, found in the West Indies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.) Any marine snake. See sea snake.
- (Zoöl.) A large marine animal of unknown nature, often reported to have been seen at sea, but never yet captured.
- n. huge creature of the sea resembling a snake or dragon
“This creature, looking in fact less like a sea serpent and more like one of the clay people of Mayan mythology and Flash Gordon serials, stomped up out of the reservoir and slogged straight to Tom, who actually looked kind of startled at this abrupt approach, saying, “Al?”
“Without Soldier of Fortune, his plans to become a hard-bitten mercenary soldier on some different and more interesting continent had been stymied, and so he’d bought a couple sixpacks instead and parked all night alone up on Ten Eyck Hill, overlooking the reservoir, waiting for the sea serpent to return.”
“The sea serpent really might have been dumber than the Gorgons, because it took a very long time to realize it was dead.”
“A twenty-foot sea serpent thrashed wildly, forcing a long-horned tiger to spring aside and stalk Burke from his left.”
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denizens of the imagination (non-human, mostly).
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