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Hy·dra

 (hī′drə)
n.
1. Greek Mythology The many-headed monster that was slain by Hercules.
2. Astronomy A satellite of Pluto.
3. A constellation in the equatorial region of the southern sky near Cancer, Libra, and Centaurus. Also called Snake2.
4. A persistent or multifaceted problem that cannot be eradicated by a single effort.

[Middle English Idra, from Latin Hydra, from Greek Hudrā, Hydra, a water serpent; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

hy·dra

 (hī′drə)
n. pl. hy·dras or hy·drae (-drē)
Any of several small solitary freshwater hydrozoans of the genus Hydra and related genera, having a cylindrical body and a mouth surrounded by tentacles.

[New Latin Hydra, genus name, from Latin Hydra, Hydra; see Hydra.]

hydra

(ˈhaɪdrə)
n, pl -dras or -drae (-driː)
1. (Animals) any solitary freshwater hydroid coelenterate of the genus Hydra, in which the body is a slender polyp with tentacles around the mouth
2. a persistent trouble or evil: the hydra of the Irish problem.
[C16: from Latin, from Greek hudra water serpent; compare otter]

Hydra

(ˈhaɪdrə)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a monster with nine heads, each of which, when struck off, was replaced by two new ones

Hydra

(ˈhaɪdrə)
n, Latin genitive Hydrae (ˈhaɪdriː)
(Astronomy) a very long faint constellation lying mainly in the S hemisphere and extending from near Virgo to Cancer

hy•dra

(ˈhaɪ drə)

n., pl. -dras, -drae (-dri) for 1–3, gen. -drae (-dri) for 4.
1. (often cap.) a water monster of Greek myth having nine heads, each of which, if cut off, grew back as two.
2. any freshwater polyp of the family Hydridae, having a cylindrical body with a ring of tentacles surrounding the mouth.
3. a persistent or complex problem that presents new obstacles even as existing ones are overcome.
4. (cap.) the Sea Serpent, a southern constellation extending through 90° of the sky.
[1325–75; Middle English ydre < Middle French < Latin < Greek hýdrā water serpent; compare otter]

hy·dra

(hī′drə)
Any of several small freshwater polyps having a simple cylindrical body with a mouth-like opening surrounded by tentacles. The young develop from eggs or from buds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hydra - (Greek mythology) monster with nine headsHydra - (Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones; "Hydra was slain by Hercules"
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
2.Hydra - a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer
3.hydra - trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality; "we may be facing a hydra that defies any easy solution"
trouble, problem - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
4.hydra - small tubular solitary freshwater hydrozoan polyp
hydroid, hydrozoan - colonial coelenterates having the polyp phase dominant
genus Hydra - hydras
Translations
Wasserschlange
Hydrahydre

hydra

[ˈhaɪdrə] N (hydras or hydrae (pl)) [ˈhaɪdriː]hidra f
Hydra (Myth) → Hidra f

hydra

n (Zool, Myth) → Hydra f
References in classic literature ?
Yes, Giulio," she said, "proud and happy; for I have found the means of strangling this hydra.
This hydra of towers, giant guardian of Paris, with its four and twenty heads, always erect, with its monstrous haunches, loaded or scaled with slates, and all streaming with metallic reflections, terminated with wonderful effect the configuration of the Town towards the west.
He will fulfill his vocation and crush the hydra of revolution, which has become more terrible than ever in the person of this murderer and villain
There's the Hydra, a harbor defense turret-ship, but she never leaves the home waters.
You can keep down a feudal aristocracy by levelling a few heads, but you can't subdue a hydra with thousands.
And again she bore a third, the evil-minded Hydra of Lerna, whom the goddess, white-armed Hera nourished, being angry beyond measure with the mighty Heracles.
In the Hydra, the animal may be turned inside out, and the exterior surface will then digest and the stomach respire.
He read the leading article, in which it was maintained that it was quite senseless in our day to raise an outcry that radicalism was threatening to swallow up all conservative elements, and that the government ought to take measures to crush the revolutionary hydra; that, on the contrary, "in our opinion the danger lies not in that fantastic revolutionary hydra, but in the obstinacy of traditionalism clogging progress," etc.
I take it most of them were trying to lie head to wind, but, not being hydras, they failed.
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The newborn in Hydra, however, seemed to lack youthful partners or even a trace of its birth cloud.
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