n.1.(Zool.) One of a family (Lernæidæ) of parasitic Crustacea found attached to fishes and other marine animals. Some species penetrate the skin and flesh with the elongated head, and feed on the viscera. See Illust. in Appendix.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The second foe that Hercules defeated was the Lernean Hydra--a female water snake.
According to some storytellers, Hera, queen of the gods, sent a crab to nip the toe of Hercules when he was attacking the Lernean Hydra--and he kicked it up into the sky where it became Cancer the Crab.
(3) Roosevelt/Heracles is the emblem of libertarianism and democracy, whereas the last embodiment of the Lernean Hydra, one of the monsters defeated by Heracles, is totalitarianism itself.
(16) The Hydra was a monster of the Lernean Marshes in Argolis.
The only copepod specifically mentioned by Verrill was found on a red sea anemone, of unpleasant if not dangerous stinging abilities, common below 150 fathoms: "A very singular, large, soft, pinkish Lernean crustacean (Antheacheres duebenii [Michael] Sars, fig.
In Greek mythology the Nemean lion, the Lernean Hydra, and a crab sent by the goddess Hera were adversaries of the strongman hero Heracles (called Hercules by the Romans).