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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.]
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.]
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]
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a monster with nine heads, each of which, when struck off, was replaced by two new ones
n, Latin genitive Hydrae (ˈhaɪdriː)
(Astronomy) a very long faint constellation lying mainly in the S hemisphere and extending from near Virgo to Cancer
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||Hydra - (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
|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"|
|4.||hydra - small tubular solitary freshwater hydrozoan polyp|
genus Hydra - hydras