from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large snakelike marine animal often reported by mariners since antiquity but never positively identified.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any unidentified sea monster, especially one resembling a snake or dragon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any marine snake. See sea snake.
  • A large marine animal of unknown nature, often reported to have been seen at sea, but never yet captured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An enormous marine animal of serpentine form, said to have been repeatedly seen at sea.
  • n. In herpetology, a general name of the marine venomous serpents or seasnakes of the family Hydrophidæ.
  • n. A chain of salps linked together.
  • n. A name of Ophichthys gomesii, an eel of the family Ophichthyidæ, found in the West Indies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. huge creature of the sea resembling a snake or dragon


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  • 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?

    Drowned Hopes

  • 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.

    Drowned Hopes

  • The sea serpent really might have been dumber than the Gorgons, because it took a very long time to realize it was dead.

    Counting Up, Counting Down

  • A twenty-foot sea serpent thrashed wildly, forcing a long-horned tiger to spring aside and stalk Burke from his left.

    Chainer's Torment


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  • "4. A chain of salps linked together." --Cent. Dict.

    August 25, 2011